Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday criticized Donald Trump’s “secret” Mexico deal after the president held up a single piece of paper to White House reporters, which he said contained details of an agreement between America and Mexico.
“That’s the agreement that everybody says I don’t have… I am going to let Mexico do the announcement at the right time,” Trump told reporters earlier today as he briefly waved around a folded up piece of paper. “This is one page of a very long and very good agreement for both Mexico and the United States. Without the tariffs we would have had nothing. We had nothing two weeks ago.”
“For many years, people tried to get what we got in a period of a couple of days and they couldn’t get it,” the president added. “Mexico, we’re getting along with them great.”
Later on Tuesday, Biden — who announced his 2020 presidential bid in April — criticized Trump’s “secret one-page agreement.”
“President Trump is bringing his secret one-page agreement with Mexico to Iowa. The Iowans being crushed by his tariffs would like to see it,” the former vice president tweeted.
Although Trump refused to open the document for reporters to see, Washington Post photographer Jabin Botsford shared two close-up photos of the paper and an extract of its wording.
“‘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,” Botsford tweeted.
Trump announced that the U.S. and Mexico had reached a deal in a tweet on Friday, where he said that the threatened tariffs — which would have gone into effect on Monday — have been suspended. The agreement reportedly involves Mexico imposing measures to end the flow of migrants traveling into America through their country by boosting law enforcement along their border with Guatemala.
“The tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended,” the president tweeted. “Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border.”
Biden, who’s currently the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination front-runner, and Trump have ramped up their criticisms of each other in recent weeks. Earlier today, the president called Biden “failing” and said he’s “slower than he used to be” ahead of trips by both politicians to Iowa.