President Donald Trump’s acting chief-of-staff, Mick Mulvaney, confirmed Tuesday that the president had made a “secret” deal with Mexico around immigration and trade but said that the American public did not have a right to know the details of the agreement and might never find out.
In a press scrum, the president waved a sheet of paper in front of reporters that he claimed was a secret agreement with Mexico. “Right here is the agreement,” Trump said. “It’s very simple. It’s right here. And in here is everything you want to talk about. Done. It’s done. It’s done.” The paper which he pulled out of his breast pocket, he said, was “the agreement that everybody says I don’t have.”
The president said he wouldn’t reveal what the paper said because he wanted to allow Mexico to reveal it themselves “at the right time.” He then chided the reporters who asked for details. “I just give you my word and I would love to do it but you will freeze action it,” he said. “You will stop it, you will analyze it. Every single letter you’ll see. But in here is the agreement.”
At Wednesday’s Fiscal Summit sponsored by fiscal watchdog group the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, CNBC’s Eamon Javers pressed Mulvaney for the details of the agreement. Mulvaney responded that “you may never find out what’s in the deal, the purpose isn’t to satisfy your journalistic inquiries, it’s to stop people from crossing the border.” He questioned what difference it would make knowing what the U.S. and Mexico had agreed to. “If we fix the problem, we fix the problem…But the United States has agreed to the deal.”
By Nicole Goodkind for NEWSWEEK
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