Despite denials from Mexican government officials, President Donald Trump said again on Tuesday that he has worked out a further agreement with Mexico to slow illegal immigration into the U.S., showing reporters a piece of paper which he says contains immigration plans which can be triggered by him at any time in the future.
"I'm not going to say one way or the other," the President said when asked by reporters to give details on what is in the agreement, as he showed off a piece of paper which he said contains the details of the secret immigration deal.
"Right here is the agreement, it's very simple," as the President several times held up the document, or patted the breast pocket of his suit coat, holding the unknown paper.
"I'm going to let Mexico do the announcement at the right time," Mr. Trump added, saying the details of this immigration agreement would have to be approved by the Mexico's federal legislature.
The President said this secret plan would only be used if a recent agreement with Mexico did not slow the pace of migrants trying to get into the United States.
"If they bring the numbers way down, we won't have to use it," the President said on the South Lawn of the White House.
It was the second straight day that the President had touted this secret deal - even as Mexico publicly says nothing was agreed to outside of a Friday agreement on immigration.
While Mr. Trump was holding up the piece of paper, one photographer for the Washington Post, Jabin Botsford, got a picture of the piece of paper, and was able to decipher some of the contents.
"That's the agreement that everybody says I don't have," the President said at one point to reporters, brandishing a folded piece of paper.
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.