McAleenan talks securing the US-Mexico border before the Senate

Trucks cross the borderline into the U.S. and into Mexico at the World Trade Bridge as seen from Laredo

After nine days of uncertainty, Mr. Trump backed down and accepted Mexico's promises.

Donald Trump returned to the offensive over criticism of his immigration deal with Mexico on Monday, accusing the New York Times of "sick journalism" for a report which said key components of the deal, announced on Friday, had been agreed for months. It's still an accomplishment to get Mexico to commit openly to fuller, more urgent cooperation with the U.S. "And yet we charge them very little for French wine", Trump said in an interview with CNBC anchors on Monday after last week's Normandy trip. 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.

'Two weeks ago, I'll tell you what we had.

He said that United States negotiators had wanted Mexico to commit to "zero migrants" crossing its territory, but according to Mr Ebrard, that was "mission impossible".

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 USA - if the flow of undocumented immigrants continues.

He also warned Mexico he would put his threat of tariffs into place if they did not decrease the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border.

During the talks last week, Mexican sources said officials were resisting safe third country status, which would mean migrants seeking asylum would have to make such a request in the first safe country they crossed.

U.S. border officers apprehended more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006.

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"I think the president has completely overblown what he purports to have achieved", Beto O'Rourke, a presidential contender, told ABC on Sunday.

Mexico and the United States might consider additional steps next month to restrict irregular immigration from Central America, Mexico's foreign minister said on Monday as the U.S. president renewed his threat to impose tariffs if certain aspects of a deal reached last week were not implemented.

Speculation quickly turned to the idea that he was alluding to an agreement that would allow asylum seekers to stay in a third country while awaiting their decisions - a "Safe Third" deal. And he said that Mexico was working on a proposal to establish a regional refuge system in conjunction with the United Nations and the governments of Guatemala, Panama and Brazil - three countries that are often starting points for migrants.

The deal would also send the Mexican National Guard police force to its own southern border, where many Central Americans enter Mexico.

He said the tax on those goods would increase each month the problem persisted until October, when it would cap at 25 per cent.

Mr. Trump also hinted at a secret side deal as part of the negotiations and said he will consider reviving his tariff threat unless it happens.

The president called the story "fake news" and insisted the deal was brand new. Instead, Trump has to look to Mexico, and given the blunderbuss weapon he was wielding, the deal that was announced over the weekend is welcome, and better than could reasonably have been expected.

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