On Sunday, tweeting about a new immigration agreement between the United States and Mexico, President Trump claimed that Mexico agreed to pursue a different course of action regarding the number of migrants at the border.
According to The New York Times, Trump’s mention of “secret, undisclosed elements” to the agreement were merely an attempt to deflect criticism of his ineffective tariffs threat against Mexico.
Trump’s tweets about the deal also included criticism of The Times for publishing a report that this United States/Mexico deal mostly contained previously agreed-upon terms. The president tweeted, “When will the Failing New York Times admit that their front page story on the new Mexico deal at the Border is a FRAUD and nothing more than a badly reported “hit job” on me, something that has been going on since the first day I announced for the presidency! Sick Journalism”
In response, The Times issued a statement justifying its reporting on the issue and defending the article, saying, “We are confident in our reporting, and as with so many other occasions, our stories stand up over time and the president’s denials of them do not.”
The new agreement was reached amid existing tension between the two countries, and this tension has only escalated in the wake of Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports just a couple weeks ago. However, the president has not described exactly what the secret terms of this agreement are, and neither American nor Mexican officials have offered further details.
It remains unclear whether this deal will live up to the president’s claims or provide support for increasing criticism of the administration’s handling of the migrant presence at the border.