Trump and other administration officials, however, say Mexico made major concessions and have credited his threat to slap a 5% tax on all Mexican goods if the country didn't immediately agree to do more to stem the flow of Central American migrants across the US southern border.
'It's a very simple agreement.
Asked if Mexico had agreed to become a safe third country to house migrants seeking asylum in the United States, Trumpsaid, "I'm not going to say one way or the other".
President Donald Trump blasted The New York Times and CNN on Sunday as being "the enemy of the people" in response to reporting that he said was false regarding the deal the administration just secured with Mexico.
"Tariffs are a great negotiating tool, a great revenue producers and, most importantly, a powerful way to get companies to come to the United States of America and to get companies that have left us for other lands to come back home", Trumptweeted.
"They wanted something else totally different to be signed".
"We're definitely very happy", the mayor said, describing Suchiate as "the door of Mexico". They are moving right now, 6,000 soldiers to their southern border.
"Without the tariffs, we would have had nothing....we had nothing two week ago", he stated.
In a further sign the deal is a work-in-progress, Ebrard said Mexico and the U.S. would hold talks with Guatemala, Panama, Brazil and the United Nations refugee agency on additional measures to control migration, because the solution "has to be regional".
"Outside of what I have just explained, there is no agreement", Mexico's Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday.
However, Mexico admitted Monday the deal was less a definitive solution than a temporary reprieve from Trump's tariffs - which had been set to start at five percent this week and rise incrementally to 25 percent by October, raising fears of a damaging trade war with global repercussions.
He said the agreement that he waved around would go into affect at his discretion.
'If they bring the numbers way down, we won't have to use it.
"We do not have a specific agreement on products of that nature", he said.
But the president appeared to be making a reference to talks over how Mexico handles Central American migrants who travel through the country to claim asylum in the U.S.
He added: "I've seen some reporting that says that these countless hours were nothing, that they amounted to a waste of time". I'm not going to say one way or another, ' he said.
Washington wants Mexico to be declared a safe third country in which asylum seekers would have to seek safe harbor instead of the United States, a demand Mexico has rejected in the past.
Ebrard also said there was no agreement between the USA and Mexico to buy more agricultural products under the accord, despite Trump saying over the weekend that Mexico had agreed to buy "large quantities" from USA farmers.
The president called the story "fake news" and insisted the deal was brand new.
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