The White House says President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs on Mexico are set to take effect Monday as planned even as negotiators try to stave off his latest push aimed at forcing the US ally to stem the flow of Central American migrants into the United States.
Vice President Mike Pence, monitoring the talks from his travels in Pennsylvania, said Thursday the USA was "encouraged" by Mexico's latest proposals but that, so far, tariffs still were set to take effect on Monday.
President Donald Trump said last week that he'd place 5-percent tariffs on Mexican goods until Mexico stopped the flow of migrants across the border. Apprehensions at the U.S. -Mexico border hit a decade high in May.
Trump's 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods will take effect on Monday unless there is a surprise deal in between.
The Washington Post had reported earlier Thursday that Mexico pledged to send National Guard troops to the border.
Trump, who has railed against what he describes as a surge of migrants across the U.S. -Mexico border, has warned that the initial tariffs on Mexico will be incrementally increased each month up to 25% if a migration deal fails to materialize.
Through April, Mexico has been the largest US trading partner.
Short said the administration is "encouraged" by the progress of the negotiations but made clear that there is still "a long way to go". Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that Senate Republicans are "not fans of tariffs" and that "we are still hoping that this could be avoided".
USA and Mexican officials return to the negotiating table Friday to find a way to stem the flow of Central American migrants across the US southern border that is threatening trade between the neighboring countries.
Reports that a deal on migration between Mexico and the United States could be close pushed markets higher on Thursday.
Trump imposed the tariffs on Mexico in order to persuade it to do more to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country through its borders. A meeting Tuesday with administration officials produced no details on the legal justification for imposing the tariffs, Lankford said.
Markets seem optimistic and the sentiment improves ever so slightly on the hopes that the U.S. and Mexico would be able to work out a deal to avoid the latest tariffs. The tariffs are set to come into effect Monday.
His spokesman, Roberto Velasco, later tweeted that "Options continue to be explored", but that a deal had not been reached.
The Mexican official and the US official said the countries are negotiating a sweeping plan to overhaul asylum rules across the region, a move that would require Central Americans to seek refuge in the first foreign country they set foot upon after fleeing their homeland.
Speaking on Thursday, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador expressed some optimism saying that the U.S. authorities had not "closed themselves off to dialogue".
The U.S., however, has not proposed any concrete benchmarks or metrics to assess whether the U.S. ally is sufficiently stemming the migrant flow from Central America.