US President Donald Trump has inadvertently, or deliberately, revealed details of his much-talked-about secret immigration deal with Mexico.
Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Trump refused to give details of plans to reduce migration, saying that he wanted to let Mexico announce it “at the right time”.
Mexico has denied such a deal exists despite Trump tweeting about it over the past 48 hours.
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 and will need a vote by Mexico’s Legislative body!..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2019
Trump then pulled from his jacket pocket a sheet of folded paper he said contained the details of the agreement, opened it up and waved it at photographers.
The single sheet of paper clearly had the details of the deal written on it and, as a result, the contents were then captured in photographs taken by news media.
The document contained references to a regional asylum plan, which appear to involve several Latin American countries – Brazil, Panama and Guatemala – processing migrants’ asylum claims in order to stave off US tariffs.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard held a news conference in which he said that the Friday agreement with the US gave Mexico 45 days to prove that it could diminish migration without agreeing to a “safe third” deal, The Washington Post reported.
He acknowledged that in 45 days if the US does not assess that progress has been made, the Trump administration probably will ask again for a “safe third” agreement.
But he said Mexico has not committed to that agreement, which would have to be approved by lawmakers and probably negotiated with other countries in the region.
For those curious here is the original frame. @realDonaldTrump spoke for approximately 20 minutes pulling out the letter several different times. If you want to further analyze I suggest you watch the full clip. pic.twitter.com/iFHg2lDfm2
— Jabin Botsford (@jabinbotsford) June 11, 2019
“It would be applied if we fail, and if we accept what they tell us,” Ebrard said.
Ebrard said that Vice President Mike Pence explained in their meeting last week that a “safe third” agreement, like the one between Turkey and the European Union, would have an “immediate impact on migration.”
Mexico is now deploying 6,000 National Guard personnel to the border with Guatemala in a bid to stem the flow of migrants bound for the US.