“Mexico is not doing what it can do very easily,” the president believes. The head of the White House stressed that the concluded trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada (USMCA) is very important for him, but “this problem is much more important.”
On February 15, Trump signed a declaration on the introduction of a state of emergency on the southern border of the country. As Acting Chief Executive Officer of the White House, Mick Mulvaney, told a telephone briefing to journalists, this will allow Trump to receive a total of about $ 8 billion. The funds will go to the construction and repair of fences on the border with Mexico, a length of 376.5 km. The administration believes that it will help the authorities to curb illegal immigration and drug smuggling.
Earlier, Trump and the Republicans sought to include in the state budget more than 5.7 billion dollars to build a barrier on the border with Mexico. Due to disputes on this score, on December 22, 2018, the work of the federal government was suspended, which lasted a record 35 days.