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Trump is touting a farm deal with Mexico that doesn't seem to exist

Trump is touting a farm deal with Mexico that doesn't seem to exist
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President Donald Trump said over the weekend that Mexico has agreed to make large-scale purchases of farm products in its rush to make a deal with the US.




But there is no evidence that such a stipulation was agreed to, and officials have denied that it exists.




Trump's claim left farmers flummoxed. Mexico recently became the US's largest trading partner and has long been a top export market for major farm products, including pork and corn.




President Donald Trump has portrayed his agreement with Mexico that officials reached over the weekend as a win for American farmers, arguing that it would lead to large-scale purchases of US agricultural exports. But there is no evidence that such a provision exists.
"MEXICO HAS AGREED TO IMMEDIATELY BEGIN BUYING LARGE QUANTITIES OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT FROM OUR GREAT PATRIOT FARMERS!" Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
The president said on Friday that he would back down on threats to impose tariffs on all Mexican imports after the US ally agreed to accelerate plans to stem the flow of migrants across the southwestern border — which the New York Times reported had been made months earlier. But there was no mention of agricultural purchases in a joint statement issued Friday.
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