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Trump Produces Paper He Says Is Signed Deal with Mexico, Photographer Picks Up Details from Paper
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12 Jun 2019 01:15 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Paper that Donald Trump says is U.S.-Mexico deal (Image source: Twitter)


This is turning into a real "he said/he said." Both sides, Mexico and the United States, claim to be stating the truth of the deal or lack thereof between them with regard to tariffs and immigration policies. While Donald Trump insists a secret deal was made between them, Mexican foreign minister Marcel Ebrard continues to insist no formal deal was set, other than what was released on Friday. 

To prove his point, Trump spoke to the press and pulled a folded piece of paper from his breast pocket on Tuesday and insisted it was the signed deal between Mexico and the United States.


To be fair, he had started this whole thing by threatening the country's neighbor to the south with a 5 percent tariff that would increase monthly if they did not sufficiently curb the flow of migrants at the border.  

This brought everyone to the bargaining table, yet Vice President Mike Pence bargained in Trump's absence, as he was overseas. With Friday as the deadline for working something out, both sides said the tariffs were on hold.


Trump insisted the tariffs were on hold because Mexico signed a deal, while Ebrard continues to insist no deal has been made beyond the measures that were announced on Friday, the same ones former Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen negotiated last December. "We don't have anything to hide," he said. 

He read from a letter he sent to the Mexican senate that was an accounting of the negotiations. It mentioned that the U.S. repeatedly insisted that Mexico sign an agreement that would require asylum-seekers to seek to pursue their request in Mexico first, known as the "safe third country" agreement.


Instead, the letter claims, they negotiated for a 45-day window to show they can help curb the problem on their own. If it doesn't work, then the two sides, after 45 days, will meet again at the bargaining table. Ebrard insisted he was making his letter public in an effort to be transparent. 

With egg on his face after crowing about his great deal, Trump met the press on Tuesday and produced the folded paper. He was asked by reporters what the agreement said but refused to give details, insisting, "the reason is Mexico wants to handle that."


A Washington Post report took a closeup photo of the paper Trump produced from his breast pocket, claiming that it was the signed agreement between the two countries. 

Through the photo, some details of the agreement can be read. The agreement dictates, "If the United States determines at its discretion and after consultation with Mexico, after 45 calendar days from the date of the issuance of the Joint Declaration, that the measures adopted by the Government of Mexico pursuant to the Joint Declaration have not sufficiently achieved results in addressing the flow of migrants to the southern border of the United States, 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."


This seems to indicate similar terms to what Ebrard explained to the Mexican senate.  

Trump gave conflicting statements, as he is prone to do, regarding the deal. While he admitted repeatedly that Mexico has to submit the agreement to "their congress," he also stated he himself has the power to impose the agreement if he wants to.


"If they bring the numbers way down, we won't have to, but this is my option," said the president "It goes into effect when I want it to, but I have a lot of respect for the president of Mexico. I have a lot of respect for the people we dealt with, so I don't want to do that, and they have to go back to congress to get that approved." 

He also stated after this, "It will go into effect when Mexico tells me it's okay to release it."


With regard to Trump's mention of approval by Mexico's congress, it's believed that he is referring to Mexico's statement that if they were to change the asylum rules, they would need the approval of the Mexican senate. 

However, Ebrard has insisted that a deal that would affect asylum rules has not been reached and that they agreed to revisit it in the future.

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