President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll We must do more to protect American Jews 6 in 10 say they would back someone other than Biden in 2024: Fox News poll MORE on Tuesday held up a single folded sheet of paper to cameras as he left the White House, saying it represented an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico while declining to reveal any details about it.
The gesture marked Trump's latest tease of an as-yet unrevealed component of a deal between the two countries, despite Mexican officials' insistence no such secret arrangement exists.
President Trump pulls a piece of paper from his jacket he says is one page of a secret agreement with Mexico: "I am going to let Mexico do the announcement at the right time."— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 11, 2019
The Mexican foreign minister indicated there is no secret or outstanding deal https://t.co/59eIO0RnhH pic.twitter.com/Exl3EOdbNQ
"That’s the agreement that everybody says I don’t have," Trump told reporters before leaving for Iowa, pulling the document from the pocket of his jacket.
"This is one page of a very long and very good agreement for both Mexico and the United States," he added.
But Trump offered no details on what the document contained.
"I would love to do it," he said. "But you will freeze action on it, you will stop it, you will analyze it, every single letter you'll see. But in here is the agreement."
Jabin Botsford, a photographer for The Washington Post, tweeted photos that captured some of the document's wording, including that the Mexican government "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."
The document was signed and dated last Friday, June 7, 2019.
“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
The two countries reached a deal late last week for Mexico to take additional steps to curb the flow of migrants toward the U.S. after Trump threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican goods.
In the days since, Trump has sought to sell the deal amid criticism Mexico hadn't agreed to anything it wasn't already planning on doing. One method has been to tout a secretive arrangement, underlining an apparent disconnect between U.S. and Mexican officials on what was specifically established.
Mexico’s top diplomat said Monday his country would consider entering a regional asylum agreement if the deal brokered last week with the Trump administration fails to stem the flow of migrants to the U.S.
The two sides will reassess the migrant situation after 45 and 90 days, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump's relocation of the Bureau of Land Management was part of a familiar Republican playbook Jan. 6 committee issues latest round of subpoenas for rally organizers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - To vote or not? Pelosi faces infrastructure decision MORE was asked about Trump holding up the secretive sheet of paper on Tuesday afternoon. He said the best way to describe the unspecified agreement would be to describe it as a "backstop" should the public deal fall through.