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 let Mexico do the announcement at the right time.”
— ABC News (@ABC) June 11, 2019
President Trump held up a folded piece of paper and said it was the agreement the White House recently made with Mexico to avoid his promised 5% tariffs on Mexican goods.
He said he wanted to allow Mexico to announce the terms of the agreement on their own time before he does pic.twitter.com/MUzSrmiIwK
— POLITICO (@politico) June 11, 2019
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.
“…may I see it?”
— The Moon is Part of RUSS (@RVMacdonald) June 11, 2019
Despite the dramatic announcement, the President drew more jeers than cheers as people guessed what was actually on the sheet of paper.
A ONE-PAGE PIECE OF PAPER CONSTITUTING AN AGREEMENT WITH ANOTHER SOVEREIGN NATION???
— Donna Johns (@lawyermomIowa) June 11, 2019
It’s his McDonalds lunch list.
— Doris A Robinson (@DorisARobinson1) June 11, 2019
Is that a love letter from Kim Jong Un?
— SageRobinson (@SageRobinson) June 11, 2019
Written with a crayon…
— Dan Joly (@joly_dan) June 11, 2019
Paper turns out to be 2-for-1 Whopper coupon for Burger King.
— John Miller (@johnmiller) June 11, 2019
What that letter actually says… pic.twitter.com/h9M9rpHhIr
— Thin_man (@Dapromiset) June 11, 2019
1 piece of paper???!!!!! My phone bill has more information
— Andi Montgomery (@IndyExecFBO) June 11, 2019
CVS receipts are longer.
— Vincent (@valentin_vince) June 11, 2019
President Trump found few who believed his claims.
— bdan78 (@wineocrimeo) June 11, 2019
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 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 closer look seemed to also refute the President’s claims.
So it’s an agreement where they are agreeing they may be in agreement within 45 days of the signing of the agreement.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) June 11, 2019
— 🌊🇺🇸Sandra🇵🇷🏳️🌈 (@wolfie_tx) June 11, 2019
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.