President Donald Trump frequently touts his self-described talent for making deals. "I'm really a great negotiator. I know how to negotiate," he's said. "I like making deals, preferably big deals."
Yet with his latest alleged agreement with Mexico, Trump is literally keeping his cards close to the chest: He's walking around with the one-page agreement in his breast pocket.
Trump touted the sheet of paper in front of reporters yesterday, but wouldn't disclose what was on it, assuring that Mexico would announce its contents in due time. The secrecy of the deal got MSNBC's Morning Joe nostalgic for the other times Donald Trump has bragged about a secret agreement, corroborated by an ironclad sheet of paper.
Morning Joe put together a montage of Trump touting love letters and secret agreements https://t.co/hEnuC2P74K— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1560341757.0
The first clip shows Trump—his presidency two days old—brandishing a letter from former President Barack Obama. Trump gloats that he "won't even tell the press what's in that letter."
In the second, he claims to have a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "Oh would you like to see what's in that letter! How much? How much?"
The video concludes with the recent letter of agreement between the United States and Mexico, with Trump assuring reporters that he would let Mexico make the announcement at the right time.
The compilation had people wondering: What's with all the secrecy?
Some had theories.
@atrupar If he actually did make an agreeement with Mexico, there’s no way that narcissist would let someone else announce it.— GiGi 💪☀️💗 (@GiGi 💪☀️💗) 1560345129.0
@atrupar Sending letters to a guy who can’t read is the perfect way to keep things super secret.— Pat Emerson (@Pat Emerson) 1560347980.0
@atrupar roy cohn taught him the blank sheet of paper in jacket pocket trick.— NiDieuxNiMaitres (@NiDieuxNiMaitres) 1560342236.0
@danielnorwick @Azi @Morning_Joe It’s the same piece of paper. It’s aging well...— Katie Phang (@Katie Phang) 1560337961.0
@danielnorwick @Morning_Joe So THAT’S what was in all those folders! LOL https://t.co/1ZLWkMpwEm— John (@John) 1560338290.0
@danielnorwick @Morning_Joe He also got a nomination letter from Nobel Peace Prize committee, a letter from Vatican… https://t.co/eHTnuxGVz9— Rosanna C (@Rosanna C) 1560347755.0
Trump may not give us details, but he surely gives us sheet.