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.
In a series of tweets, Trump warned that if Mexico does not cooperate with the United States and does not honor the agreement it reached with the administration last week that he will reimpose his proposed tariffs on Mexico.
"The president and other key administration officials also sharply disputed a New York Times report claiming the Friday deal 'largely' had been negotiated months ago, and hinted that not all major details of the new arrangement have yet been made public," Fox News' Gregg Re reported. "Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, speaking on 'Fox News Sunday,' insisted 'all of it is new,' including the agreement to dispatch around 6,000 National Guard troops — a move Mexico has described as an 'acceleration.'"
"Another false report in the Failing @nytimes. We have been trying to get some of these Border Actions for a long time, as have other administrations, but were not able to get them, or get them in full, until our signed agreement with Mexico," Trump tweeted. "Additionally, and for many years, Mexico was not being cooperative on the Border in things we had, or didn’t have, and now I have full confidence, especially after speaking to their President yesterday, that they will be very cooperative and want to get the job properly done."
"Importantly, some things not mentioned in yesterday's press release, one in particular, were agreed upon. That will be announced at the appropriate time," Trump continued. "There is now going to be great cooperation between Mexico & the USA, something that didn’t exist for decades. However, if for some unknown reason there is not, we can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs - But I don’t believe that will be necessary. The Failing @nytimes, & ratings-challenged @CNN, will do anything possible to see our Country fail! They are truly The Enemy of the People!"
The deal struck between the U.S. and Mexico came just a few days before the U.S. was set to impose a 5% tariff on Mexican goods coming into the U.S. until Mexico stopped the flow of illegal immigration that has been flooding the southern border.
The proposed tariffs would have increased 5% per month, maxing out at 25%, until Mexico brought the flow of illegal immigration to a stop.