Trump says secret deal with Mexico takes effect when he wants

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"It will be revealed in the not too distant future and will need a vote by Mexico's Legislative body!"

"We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the USA has been asking about getting for many years", Trump wrote Monday, saying it would "be revealed in the not too distant future".

"We do not anticipate a problem with the vote", he added, "but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated!"

The White House has imposed 25 percent tariffs on a quarter trillion of Chinese imports and plans to tax more.

Trump blasted that report, calling it a "FRAUD" and "nothing more than a badly reported "hit job" on me".

The document that Trump waved at reporters laid out "a regional approach to burden-sharing in relation to the processing of refugee status claims to migrants"; talked of "45 days"; and said Mexico had committed to immediately examine its laws and rules to enable it to implement such an agreement.

He said that if migration is not slowed, the two countries would discuss other options.

Mexico, however, has long opposed the safe country idea and Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said on Friday after a deal was reached that Mexico had resisted. That's a lot. And we're moving along very rapidly.

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.

President Donald Trump blasted The New York Times and CNN on Sunday as being "the enemy of the people" in response to reporting that he said was false regarding the deal the administration just secured with Mexico. Instead, he said the talks had bought his country additional time.

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"They wanted something else totally different to be signed. And that was a big victory for us", he said.

He did not clarify what that might look like.

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.

Trump has spent the days since Friday's announcement defending the scope of the deal. Mexican officials have described their commitment as an accelerated deployment.

The vast majority of undocumented migrants arriving in the United States are from Central America, but significant numbers have also been arriving in recent months from Cuban and Haiti, via Panama, and from African countries, often via Brazil. But U.S. officials had already been working to expand the program, which has already led to the return of about 10,000 to Mexico without Mexico's public embrace.

"The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the USA on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended", Trump said on Twitter on Friday evening. "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 news comes a week into the neighbors' row over tariffs and border security. Without the threat, he has insisted, Mexico never would have acted.

Expressions by migrants of a fear of returning to their home countries triggers a USA immigration court process, which can take months or years to resolve due to backlogs in the system.

Also on Tuesday, White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney also referred to a secret agreement with Mexico.

As part of the deal, Mexico has agreed to a number of security measures.

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