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Mexican president visits Tijuana hours after tariff deal with U.S.

Posted at 7:10 AM, Jun 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-09 10:23:28-04

TIJUANA (KGTV) -- Mexico's president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, spoke at a unity rally on Saturday evening, just hours after coming to an agreement with the U.S. avoiding tariffs on Mexican goods.

The deal was announced Friday night. In his speech, Lopez Obrador said Mexico is open to collaboration. In his speech to a crowd of thousands, the president said the tariffs would have impacted both economies.

The agreement means Mexico will send 6,000 troops to its southern border with Guatemala to help control migration and vowing to crack down on human trafficking and smuggling networks.

Obrador's visit to Tijuana created tensions among Mexicans who have conflicting opinions about the deal.

The tariffs would have started on Monday.

President Trump hasn't publicly responded to Saturday's speech in Tijuana but in Friday's tweet, he thanked the Mexican government for working to come to this agreement.