President Donald Trump's decision not to impose tariffs on Mexico removed one obstacle for U.S. Congress to approve his North American trade deal, but his administration has more work to do to smooth the final stages of the accord's ratification.
The article, titled "Mexico Agreed to Take Border Actions Months Before Trump Announced Tariff Deal", suggested that Trump may have touted Friday's deal as a way to "save face" despite not actually making any headway.
"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.
But both sides agree that more action could be taken if, within 90 days, the measures do not have the desired result of drastically bringing down the numbers of undocumented migrants reaching the U.S. border from levels that are at their highest in more than a decade.
Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday that if migration at Mexico's southern border does not decrease within 45 days, the government would begin talks with the United States about accepting a "safe third country" agreement.
When asked in Mexico City about a clause committing Mexico to purchase more products from American farms, as Trump has also suggested in recent tweets, Ebrard only said, "The migration issue is separated from trade".
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, speaking on "Fox News Sunday", also insisted "all of it is new", including the agreement to dispatch around 6,000 National Guard troops - a move Mexico has described as an "acceleration".
The tweets came amid questions about just how much of the deal was really new.
Mexico pledged to take "unprecedented steps" to curb the record flow of migrant families arriving at the US border.
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However, the leftist leader - who said he had just spoken to Trump on the phone - also warned his American counterpart that it was not enough for Mexico to tighten its borders, saying Washington also needed to invest in economic development in Central America to stem the exodus from the region.
"They might have accelerated the timetable, but by and large the president achieved nothing except to jeopardize the most important trading relationship that the United States of America has".
The tariffs also drew unusually strong opposition from Trump's fellow Republicans, especially lawmakers from farm states who anxious about losing their second-largest global market.
U.S. producers complain that French wines get to American shelves "for nothing", he said, adding "it's not fair and we'll do something about it".
That said, the Wisconsin lawmaker added, "I think he used them as leverage in this situation brilliantly".
FILE - Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, May 31, 2019.
One of the concessions touted by administration officials was Mexico's agreement to deploy its National Guard to slow the migrant flow northward. The countries subsequently engaged in talks to resolve their tensions.
Without specific information from Trump, and with top Mexican officials reluctant to publicly criticize the USA president for either mischaracterizing or misunderstanding what has been negotiated, analysts are scrambling to make sense of it all.
The Times issued a statement standing by its article.
The Times on Sunday responded to Trump's posting to say it was "confident" in the report.