Donald Trump brandishes 'secret' US-Mexico agreement to journalists

President Donald Trump speaks with the media before departing Shannon Airport Thursday

President Donald Trump speaks with the media before departing Shannon Airport Thursday

In return for the US agreeing not to slap their goods with a 5% tariff, Mexico pledged to send 6,000 National Guard troops to its southern border with Guatemala, allow more USA asylum seekers to stay in their country, and better combat human and drug trafficking.

"Starting from today, and in the coming days, the deployment is going to progress rapidly", Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said during a news conference on June 12 with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. "Mexico is open to negotiations if we fail, but we are not going to fail".

The United States and Mexico reached a "signed agreement" Friday evening ending days of tough talks and forging a new deal that will suspend the White House's 5% tariff on Mexican goods and crackdown on illegal immigration at the Southern Border.

The president was keen to emphasize that the two nations were in accordance. The implementation of the tariffs against Mexico was subsequently averted.

"We talk every week", Marcelo Ebrard said at the National Palace in Mexico City on Wednesday, adding that talks have been launched on a permanent basis to attend to the emergency.

A photo of the page Trump was holding, taken by the Washington Post, said that if the USA determines not enough has been been done after 45 days "the Government of Mexico will take all necessary steps under the domestic law to bring the agreement into force".

Tens of thousands of illegal migrants from Central America every month pass through Mexico in order to the USA, with the Guatemala-Mexico border a major hotspot for northbound migrants.

Washington said last week it wanted Mexico to agree to a "safe third country" policy, in which migrants entering Mexican territory must apply for asylum there rather than in the US.

So if Mexico agrees to this with the USA, that would make Mexico this safe country for people to stop in, and it would stop people from being able to request asylum in the U.S. The Washington Post was able to reconstruct much of what the paper said, and the low-level officials who signed it: A USA deputy assistant secretary of state, Marik String, and Alejandro Celorio Alcantara, a deputy legal adviser in Mexico's Foreign Ministry. "It will be revealed in the not too distant future and will need a vote by Mexico's Legislative body!"

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"Without the tariffs, we would have had nothing....we had nothing two week ago", he stated. It's all done. And they have to get approval, and they will get approval. Okay? If they bring the numbers way down, we won't have to, but this is my option, ' he said.

Nevertheless, Ebrard said other Latin American countries should share the burden, something that the United States appeared to have agreed to. "But they have to get approval from their legislative body".

Ebrard said Tuesday there is no secret deal.

He insisted that he does not want confrontations with the United States government; we want to continue a friendly relationship and not get involved in internal politics but, on the contrary, to assert the Mexican constitutional principle of non-interference in the affairs of other countries.

Another central demand by Trump was for the enlargement of a program which keeps asylum-seekers in Mexico while their cases are reviewed.

He continued to hammer the point that until recently there was no arrangement with Mexico.

But it was Trump who secured the Mexican concessions, whenever they were made.

While brandishing the paper Trump told reporters: "Here's the agreement". And James, first, can you shed light on whether there are details to this agreement between the USA and Mexico that have yet to be revealed, as President Trump has implied?

"It's sad that, when you think of it, Mexico is doing is more for the United States, as of now, than Congress".

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