"We would start conversations about what they would like, which is for Mexico to become a safe third country", Ebrard said on a Mexican radio programme.
'Even now, the foreign minister of Mexico is saying that's not really the way the president describes is not really the way what we have agreed to, ' she said. That's a lot. And we're moving along very rapidly. The administration has yet to reveal the details of any such provision, and Mexican officials say no agreement on farm goods was reached as part of the talks.
Trump over the weekend hinted at additional measures between the USA and Mexico, after he vowed that Mexico would soon make "large" agricultural purchases from the U.S.as part of the deal on border security and illegal immigration. That's the difference. They couldn't get it'.
"But we purposely said we wouldn't mention it for a little while ..."
He did not clarify what that might look like. Asylum seekers who cross into the US will be quickly returned to Mexico where they'll wait for their claims to be resolved; the USA agreed to accelerate adjudication.
After Trump and Lopez Obrador put out the joint statement, The New York Times published its article claiming the deal was reached months ago.
But on Monday, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard held up a paper and pointed to the previously announced details, including Mexico's deployment of 6,000 troops to its border with Guatemala to thwart the surge of Central American migrants heading to the United States. Mexico, however, had already meant to do that before Trump's latest threat and had made that clear to US officials. To meet its commitments to Washington, Mexican migration facilities in the south need to be revamped, he said. This would have the same effect as "safe third country" agreements, keeping migrants from traveling through countries where they could seek asylum if they weren't desperate to get to the United States for economic reasons. 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. "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".
President Trump said it took two days to get what he wanted from Mexico thanks to the tariff threat. Without the threat, Trump has insisted, Mexico never would have acted.
During an interview with Fox and Friends Monday morning, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway argued Democrats are doing less than Mexican officials to take action. He said the USA will likely have a good sense of its effectiveness in a month to 45 days.
"We told them - I think it was the most important achievement of the negotiations - "let's set a time period to see if what Mexico is proposing will work, and if not, we'll sit down and see what additional measures" are needed, he said.
Trump has dangled the prospect of renewing his tariff threat if the USA ally doesn't cooperate to his liking.
Verza reported from Mexico City.