“I give you my word,” Trump said, as he waved a piece of paper in his hand.
It was an odd bit of political theater, just days after a threat of tariffs was apparently averted due to a deal being reached between Mexican and American officials with regards to the influx of undocumented immigrants entering the U.S. southern border.
Or so we’re led to believe.
To understand the full story, we have to rewind a bit.
Trump leveled threats in May against Mexico, telling that nation’s leaders to do their part to stop migrants from entering the United States or suffer economic consequences in the form of tariffs on imported goods from their country.
It looked pretty dire for a while, but late last week, Trump announced via Twitter that a deal had been reached. Unfortunately for the president, newshounds at the New York Times delved into the issue further, and discovered that the deal had actually been agreed upon back in March.
In other words, the tariffs were threatened, then lifted, and nothing really substantial changed.
Trump was furious at the Times’ reporting, and attacked them in several social media posts afterward. He even made a bold statement, asserting in another tweet earlier this week that the deal between Mexico and the U.S. included a secret provision that wasn’t yet announced.
“We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the U.S. has been asking about getting for many years. It will be revealed in the not too distant future,” Trump said.
But Mexico’s leaders disputed the president’s claims, the Associated Press reported.
“There is no other thing beyond” the agreement announced late last week, Mexico’s Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said. No secret deal was coming forward, not even one that had to be voted on by Mexico’s legislature like the president suggested.
Reporters confronted Trump on Tuesday about the matter as he was leaving for Iowa. That’s when Trump pulled out a piece of paper, and claimed it was the agreement between Mexico and the U.S. that included the supposed secret provision.
“This is one page of a very long and very good agreement,” the Washington Post reported Trump saying to reporters while holding the paper out for them to see.
“the Government of Mexico will take all necessary steps under domestic law to bring the agreement into force with a view to ensuring that the agreement will enter into force within 45 days.” @realDonaldTrump #Mexico agreement. Second photo flipped @washingtonpost @postpolitics pic.twitter.com/lWuJU9bpYK
— Jabin Botsford (@jabinbotsford) June 11, 2019
According to one of the Post’s photographers who snapped a picture of the paper, it does indeed to look like a copy of the agreement his administration made with the country to the south of us. But no information was gleaned from the photograph that proves a new deal was made — nor did any of the word salad Trump produced while waving the document seem to be too convincing, either.
“Here’s your thing, you know they all say, ‘Oh, he doesn’t,’ I just give you my word, inside here, and I would love to do it, but you will freeze action it, you will stop it, you will analyze it, every single letter you’ll see, but in here is the agreement,” Trump said about the deal in his hand.
And that’s all we have to go on for the time being.
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