"You know, France charges us a lot for the wine and yet we charge them little for French wine", Trump said. When defending his use of tough tariffs on China during an interview with CNBC, the USA leader said: "You know, France charges us a lot for the wine and yet we charge them very little for French wine".
But he teased reporters at the White House: 'So right here is the agreement.
Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard speaks during a news conference at National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, June 10, 2019.
'We had nothing two weeks ago.
"When will the Failing New York Times admit that their front page story on the the new Mexico deal at the Border is a FRAUD", Trump asked, "and nothing more than a badly reported "hit job" on me, something that has been going on since the first day I announced for the presidency!"
In May, more than 132,000 people were apprehended at the southern border, according to US Customs and Border Protection, the highest monthly number in the past 13 years. That's the difference. They couldn't get it'.
A senior administration official said over the weekend that Mexico had expressed openness to the idea during negotiations, and that it was something the countries would continue to discuss over the coming months.
The teetotal US President has complained about France charging tariffs on US wine in the past, tweeting in November that it's too hard for American wine producers to sell in France but that the US makes it "easy" to import French wines, which he said "must change".
He said the agreement that he waved around would go into affect at his discretion.
Trump had threatened to slap a 5% tariff on all imports from Mexico starting Monday and escalating steadily to 25% by October.
The Wine Institute claims that "high tariff rates constitute the single most restrictive barrier to US wine exports", however, the French - known worldwide for their wine - do not import much American wine to begin with. He said only that there were "a number of commitments made" and both the USA and Mexico are now on the clock to prove they can shut off the flow of people.
Mexico will also require that asylum seekers remain in the country while their claims are prosecuted in the US. A lot of people are saying that - good luck.
"I don't think they'll do that".
Later on Monday, however, Ebrard also said that Mexico would begin talks about a possible "safe third country" agreement if migration at Mexico's southern border did not decrease within the 45 days.
The United States wants Mexico to be declared a safe third country in which asylum seekers would have to seek safe harbor instead of the United States, a demand Mexico has long rejected.
Trump did not show the document or give any details, but a Reuters photograph of the folded document allowed reporters to read parts of it.
With the tariff threat gone, at least for now, and Mexico agreeing to at least some items on the table, the good news is that a deal means no added pain for American wallets and purses.
Trump and other administration officials, however, say Mexico made major concessions and have credited his threat to slap a 5% tax on all Mexican goods if the country didn't immediately agree to do more to stem the flow of Central American migrants across the US southern border.