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Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration’s Threats to Mexico

June 8, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the United States and Mexico reached an agreement to prevent the President’s reckless, drastic tariffs from going into effect:

“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.

“We are deeply disappointed by the Administration’s expansion of its failed Remain-in-Mexico policy, which violates the rights of asylum seekers under U.S. law and fails to address the root causes of Central American migration.

“Congress will continue to hold the Trump Administration accountable for its failures to address the humanitarian situation at our southern border.  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.

“The Trump Administration must also do much more to cooperate in a meaningful way with Mexico in cracking down on smuggling networks.  It’s failure to do so thus far is unconscionable and irresponsible.

“Threats and temper tantrums are no way to negotiate foreign policy.”