Democratic House speaker claims president used ‘threats & temper tantrums’ to secure deal
In response to Donald Trump’s big win over Mexico in the fight against illegal immigration last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted the president’s victory, accusing him of using “threats and temper tantrums” to secure the deal.
President Trump’s deal was seen as a huge victory for America after he forced the Mexican Government to finally take action to stem the flood of illegal immigrants across the US-Mexico border.
California Democrat Pelosi hit parts of President Trump’s deal with Mexico – to stop migrant flows by threatened to slap tariffs on the country – saying that Trump “undermined” the United States’ leadership role.
“President Trump undermined America’s preeminent leadership role in the world by recklessly threatening to impose tariffs on our close friend and neighbor to the south,” Speaker Pelosi said in a statement.
“Threats and temper tantrums are no way to negotiate foreign policy,” she said.
Trump announced Friday that the U.S. and Mexico had reached a deal after he had previously threatened to slap 5 percent tariffs on all incoming goods from Mexico.
According to a joint declaration issued by the State Department and Mexico late Friday, Mexico will take “unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration, to include the deployment of its National Guard throughout Mexico, giving priority to its southern border.”
The U.S. will also expand its “Remain-in Mexico” policy of returning asylum applicants to Mexico while their claims are processed.
The U.S. committed to accelerating asylum claims while Mexico said it will “offer jobs, healthcare, and education according to its principles.”
Pelosi said Democrats are “deeply disappointed” by the expansion of “Remain-in Mexico” and said it violates the rights of asylum-seekers and fails to address the root causes of migration flows from Central America.
Nervous Nancy Pelosi & the Democrat House are getting nothing done. Perhaps they could lead the way with the USMCA, the spectacular & very popular new Trade Deal that replaces NAFTA, the worst Trade Deal in the history of the U.S.A. Great for our Farmers, Manufacturers & Unions!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2019
She also promised that Congress would continue to put pressure on the administration on immigration.
“Congress will continue to hold the Trump Administration accountable for its failures to address the humanitarian situation at our southern border,” she said.
“President Trump must stop sabotaging good-faith, constructive, and bipartisan efforts in Congress to address this complex problem in a humane manner that honors and respects our most cherished national values.”
She also called on the administration to “do much more to cooperate in a meaningful way with Mexico in cracking down on smuggling networks.”
“Its failure to do so thus far is unconscionable and irresponsible,” she said.
Trump on Saturday took a swipe of his own at House Democrats, saying they are getting “nothing done.”