MIAMI (CBSMiami) — President Donald Trump warned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prior to leaving for Mexico that his meetings there would be tough. And indeed, both sides took firm stances.
Mexico’s foreign minister told Trump administration officials his country is opposed to the president’s immigration policies.
“Our concern, concern to respect the rights of Mexicans living in the United States. More specifically, the human rights,” said Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Caso.
The Department of Homeland Security issued new guidelines calling for stricter enforcement of immigration laws which expands the number of illegal immigrants to be immediately deported.
But Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the rules will focus on criminals.
“Let me be very, very clear. There will be no, repeat, no mass deportations,” said Kelly.
Trade was also on the agenda and President Trump delivered his own message from the White House.
“With Mexico, we have $70 billion in deficits, trade deficits. It’s unsustainable and we’re not going to let it happen, can’t let it happen. We’re going to have a good relationship with Mexico, I hope, and if we don’t, we don’t. But we can’t let that happen,” said President Trump.
President Trump also talked trade during a phone call Thursday with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada – the third-party in the NAFTA trade agreement.
“The United States lost one-third of our manufacturing jobs since NAFTA,” said President Trump.
President Trump focused on bringing manufacturing jobs back to America, meeting with CEOs from companies that have plants in the U.S.
The latest CBS News poll shows most Americans – 61 percent – are feeling good about the economy.
The biggest turnaround in the feelings about the economy come from Republicans – 61 percent of GOP voters say they feel good about the economy. That’s up 30 points from December.