Battle erupts over NYT report calling Mexico immigration pact a mirage

President Trump spoke to members of the press after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday

While waving a one-page deal to media at the White House lawns, President Trump knew less that the sources could leak his agreement, or he might intend it.

The New York Times, in a report Trump continues to slam, swiftly challenged the administration's narrative by claiming parts of the agreement were already in the works before the tariff drama.

After threatening tariffs on Mexico if it didn't do more to help with the migrant crisis, Trump backed down on Friday, saying that he had a deal.

The episode revealed the complicated political dynamics at play as Trump and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador tussle over who made out best in the agreement hashed out under Trump's threat of new tariffs on Mexico.

Mexico said Monday it will discuss a "safe third country" agreement with the United States - in which migrants entering Mexican territory must apply for asylum there rather than the U.S. - if the flow of undocumented immigrants continues.

That is different from a long-standing United States demand that Mexico be declared a safe place for asylum seekers, requiring them to seek refuge in Mexico if they passed through the country on the way to the US.

"For a long time, for many years, people tried to get what we got in a period of a couple of days, and they couldn't get it".

"They wanted something else totally different.to be signed", Ebrard said Monday.

If this plan fails, the foreign minister said, Mexico will be designated a "safe third country", meaning that asylum seekers crossing through Mexican territory will need to apply for refuge there, rather than in the US. They are moving right now, 6,000 soldiers to their southern border. You think we had that two weeks ago?

On Monday, Mr Ebrard said that Mexico has 45 days to show it is able to stem the flow of US-bound migrants by strengthening its southern border.

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Mexico will also require that asylum seekers remain in the country while their claims are prosecuted in the US.

But Ebrard, holding up a paper and pointing to the previously announced details, said, "There is no other thing beyond what I have just explained".

President Donald Trump holds up what he described as proof of a deal with Mexico on immigration and trade as he speaks to the news media prior to departing for travel to Iowa from the South Lawn of the White House, June 11, 2019.

He said the agreement that he waved around would go into affect at his discretion. But when migrants come over, they also hop on rafts.

He added: "I've seen some reporting that says that these countless hours were nothing, that they amounted to a waste of time".

He has called for denying citizenship to US-born children whose parents are without documents, and authorised law enforcement officials to investigate the immigration status of anyone they stopped. The deal at least makes it possible, though, for us to prevent Central American family units from automatically gaining entry into the country, and thus it significantly reduces the incentive for a future flow of migrants.

"I would be surprised if he didn't go, I think he is going".

"High tariff rates constitute the single most restrictive barrier to USA wine exports", the group says on its website.

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.

The president called the story "fake news" and insisted the deal was brand new.

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