Pelosi blasts Trump ‘temper tantrums,’ president fires back at ‘Nervous Nancy’

Adam Warner
June 08, 2019 - 1:52 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted President Trump in a statement Saturday after he rescinded his tariff threats against Mexico, accusing him of throwing “temper tantrums.”

In her statement, Pelosi said: “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.”

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

Her comments came after Trump put on hold his plan to begin imposing tariffs on Mexico on Monday, saying the U.S. ally will take "strong measures" to reduce the flow of Central American migrants into the United States.

A joint declaration released by the State Department said the U.S. "will immediately expand" a program that returns asylum-seekers, while their claims are under review, to Mexico after they have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. Mexico will "offer jobs, healthcare and education" to those people, according to the agreement.

Mexico has agreed, it said, to "unprecedented steps to increase enforcement to curb irregular migration," including the deployment of the Mexican National Guard throughout the country, especially on its southern border with Guatemala.

“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,” Pelosi said in her statement.

On Twitter Saturday, President Trump continued his feud with the house speaker, writing: “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!”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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