He also denounced what he described as a “false” report from The New York Times.
Mr. Trump hailed the agreement anyway on Saturday, writing on Twitter: “Everyone very excited about the new deal with Mexico!“.
“Mexico will try very hard, and if they do that, this will be a very successful agreement for both the United States and Mexico!” the President wrote in a tweet.
As Breitbart News reported Saturday, “Trump’s deal with the Mexican government likely will allow border officials to end the catch-and-release of Central American migrants”.
‘Importantly, some things not mentioned in yesterday press release, one in particular, were agreed upon. “That will be announced at the appropriate time“.
“I think it’s both bad politically and bad economically and I don’t think it’s really going to help solve the immigration problem, either, which is what Mr. Trump said he’s trying to attack”, said John Negroponte, the former US ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq.
A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
To curtail illegal crossings, Trump declared a national emergency and diverted billions in Pentagon funds to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. He added that the provisions in the agreement were “likely to have only a small impact on solving the root causes of Central American migration because numerous components are things Mexico is already doing”. The duties would increase every month until they reached 25% in October, unless Mexico stopped illegal immigration across its border with Mexico.
A smaller version of the Migration Protection Protocols has been in effect for months, but under the new deal Mexico agreed to expand its cooperation borderwide. Mr. Trump had threatened to impose crippling economic tariffs on Mexico unless it agreed to make major changes, and that brought the foreign minister rushing to Washington to reach a deal, in writing, with the Trump administration.
“I hope to god that I will be able to help my sons escape the hell that we were living back home”, she said, adding that she fled Guatemala after her eldest son was almost beaten to death by gang members seeking to recruit him.
The influx of illegal immigrants has put a heavy strain on Customs and Border Protection.
Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman from the border city of El Paso, Texas who is also pursuing the Democratic nomination, was among the critics challenging how much Trump had actually accomplished. Many Republican lawmakers are expressing relief while Democrats are contesting Trump’s claims of victory. Business leaders and many Republicans had urged Trump against the tariffs, warning they would drive up consumer prices, hinder the economy and compromise the ratification of an updated North American trade deal.
As part of the agreement, as many as 6,000 members of Mexico’s National Guard security force will be sent into Chiapas, a Mexican state bordering Guatemala, according to Reuters.
On Saturday, Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, tweeted that the deal should boost economic growth and therefore demand for US agricultural products, but he also stopped short of saying that the deal contained a commitment on Mexico’s part to purchase more goods from the United States.
“As of today, we haven’t been informed of anything”, said Ricardo Calderon, an official with Tamaulipas’ state migrants institute.
Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich issued a statement late on Saturday saying she was also awaiting more information on the plans.