At the end of May, President Donald Trump announced he would enact substantial tariffs against the United States' largest trading partner, Mexico, if they did not take steps to stop migrants from reaching the United States' southern border. The initial threat drew backlash from both sides of the border.
But nine days later Trump declared victory and announced via Twitter a deal was made and the heavily criticized tariffs canceled. But Mexican officials refuted Trump's claim stating the agreement he said his tariffs threat spawned had actually been proposed months prior.
In response to the fact-check by Mexico, the President began talking about extra as yet undisclosed concessions by Mexico that he won. But Mexican officials disputed that claim as well.
So on Tuesday, June 11, President Trump showed proof of his hard won secret extras promised by Mexico to avoid his 5% tariffs.
Watch the President reveal his proof here.
Pres. Trump holds up paper he claims is part of agreement with Mexico, declines to show what's on it. "I'm going to… https://t.co/eAyM68KnLw— ABC News (@ABC News)1560273458.0
President Trump held up a folded piece of paper and said it was the agreement the White House recently made with Me… https://t.co/S0EZ4bIq9y— POLITICO (@POLITICO)1560273867.0
The proof came in the form of a folded piece of paper. The President declined to show any of the cameras what was on the paper.
"I'm going to let Mexico do the announcement at the right time."
But people questioned what, if anything, was actually on the paper that related to any added agreements from Mexico.
@politico “...may I see it?” “No.” https://t.co/1m5rb6MGbl— RUSS Want Nothing RUSS Want Nothing (@RUSS Want Nothing RUSS Want Nothing)1560276733.0
Despite the dramatic announcement, the President drew more jeers than cheers as people guessed what was actually on the sheet of paper.
@ABC A ONE-PAGE PIECE OF PAPER CONSTITUTING AN AGREEMENT WITH ANOTHER SOVEREIGN NATION???— Donna Johns (@Donna Johns)1560273674.0
@ABC It's his McDonalds lunch list.— Doris A Robinson (@Doris A Robinson)1560273771.0
@ABC Is that a love letter from Kim Jong Un?— SageRobinson (@SageRobinson)1560273564.0
@SageRobinson @ABC Written with a crayon...— Dan Joly (@Dan Joly)1560273958.0
@ABC Paper turns out to be 2-for-1 Whopper coupon for Burger King.— John Miller (@John Miller)1560273812.0
@ABC What that letter actually says... https://t.co/h9M9rpHhIr— Thin_man (@Thin_man)1560273841.0
@politico 1 piece of paper???!!!!! My phone bill has more information— Andi Montgomery (@Andi Montgomery)1560276234.0
President Trump found few who believed his claims.
@politico https://t.co/of65P3vIHL— bdan78 (@bdan78)1560276445.0
Photographers on scene got a closer look.
“the Government of Mexico will take all necessary steps under domestic law to bring the agreement into force with a… https://t.co/zhT70LoiMY— Jabin Botsford (@Jabin Botsford)1560277160.0
The closer look seemed to also refute the President's claims.
@jabinbotsford @realDonaldTrump @washingtonpost @postpolitics So it's an agreement where they are agreeing they may… https://t.co/aiwVr3WQbM— Pé Resists (@Pé Resists)1560280340.0
@4everNeverTrump @jabinbotsford @realDonaldTrump @washingtonpost @postpolitics https://t.co/QCacQaWydg— 🌊🇺🇸Sandra🇵🇷🏳️🌈 (@🌊🇺🇸Sandra🇵🇷🏳️🌈)1560280795.0
Meanwhile, Mexico's Foreign Affairs Minister reiterated that his country has nothing additional to announce as no new agreement was made beyond what they proposed months before President Trump's tariff threat.