President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning that there is more to his agreement with Mexico than meets the eye.
“Importantly, some things….. …..not mentioned in yesterday press release, one in particular, were agreed upon. That will be announced at the appropriate time,“ the president wrote in a string of four tweets.
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Trump was defending his newly announced agreement with Mexico in the face of reporting that much of what was in the deal was not new. In his tweets, he fired a barrage at the New York Times and CNN, calling them “the Enemy of the People.“
While defending the agreement and saying he expected Mexico to be “very cooperative,“ the president said that he could always return to the threat of tariffs: “We can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs – But I don’t believe that will be necessary.“
Trump had threatened Mexico with a rolling succession of tariffs in order to push the country to do more to keep migrants from El Salvador and other Central American countries from reaching the U.S. border.
Some critics have suggested that the deal with Mexico ended a verbal battle that was partly or entirely of the president’s own making. On CNN on Sunday morning, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Trump’s “erratic” policy was “not the way to go.”
“You can’t have a trade policy based on tweets,” the Vermont senator told host Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”