Trump Says Secret Deal With Mexico Takes Effect When He Wants

June 11, 2019 12:39 PM

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump told reporters that he reached a secret pact with Mexico that will take effect when he wants it to -- despite the country’s insistence that there are no secret components of an immigration deal struck last week.

“That’s the agreement that everybody says I don’t have,” Trump said at the White House Tuesday, holding one page of what he described as a lengthy deal. “I’m not going to say one way or the other, but I will tell you, right here is the story.”

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House Tuesday before leaving for a trip to Iowa, didn’t provide details of the nature of the agreement.

Trump on Friday said he was dropping plans for tariffs on Mexico that he’d been threatening to impose for the previous week after the country promised new steps to stem an influx of illegal migration into the U.S.

Under the deal, Mexico will expand deployment of its national guard throughout the country, “giving priority to its southern border,” according to a joint statement from the two countries. Asylum seekers who cross into the U.S. will be quickly returned to Mexico where they’ll wait for their claims to be resolved; the U.S. agreed to accelerate adjudication.

Trump over the weekend hinted at additional measures between the U.S. 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.

Three Mexican officials said Saturday they were not aware of any side accord in the works, and that agricultural trade hadn’t been discussed during three days of negotiations in Washington that culminated in a joint communique late Friday.

Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S. predicted on Sunday that trade in agricultural goods “could increase dramatically” now that tariffs aren’t going ahead and if the USMCA, the trilateral trade pact with the U.S., Mexico and Canada designed to replace NAFTA, is ratified -- but didn’t cite a specific deal with Washington on farm purchases.

Also on Tuesday, White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney also referred to a secret agreement with Mexico. Speaking at a conference in Washington, Mulvaney described the deal as a backstop.

Still, he said Mexico's interests are aligned with those of the U.S. and that it's ``doing real things'' and policing its borders.

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Kokomo, IN
6/11/2019 06:00 PM

  Secret Santa ?????? Got such a good deal from mexico , should not need the wall anymore huh????? Start fining the daylights out of ones who hire illegals , beginning with trump himself !

Celina, OH
6/11/2019 06:38 PM

  Agree with ray, the government could stop 80% of this problem right now. It is the reason why the small dairy farms can not survive. It's a job that Americans won't do they say. Bullshit I say, plenty of guys work in factories would do the work if we could pay them enough. But milk prices won't support it. If it was not for illegal immigration 75 percent of big dairies would not be in business and milk prices would be better.

Jonesboro, AR
6/12/2019 09:29 PM

  Great post Bob. Democrats always prefer border jumping illegals to American tax paying citizens. The good news is that Democrats are gradually being exposed by President Trump as the illegal alien lovers that they are.