The White House’s plan to impose a five percent tax on Mexican goods came to a halt Friday as the administration and Mexican officials reached an agreement to curb illegal immigration.
The president is taking a victory lap over what he sees as successful negotiations and saying more is on the way.
“We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security Deal with Mexico… it will be revealed in the not too distant future,” Trump tweeted Monday.
His critics say when it comes to Friday’s agreement, there’s nothing new.
But DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan defended it on Fox News Sunday saying, “All of it is new.”
The administration took the airwaves and Twitter to push back on a New York Times report which said most of the agreement had been negotiated months ago.
“The president put a charge in this whole dialogue with Mexico with the tariff threat,” McAleenan said.
“This is the first time we’ve heard anything like this kind of number of law enforcement being deployed to Mexico to address migration,” he continued.