The White House said it had deals with Latin American countries to limit migration. Then, turns out, a Central America diplomat testified to Congress that there are no agreements.
“We never described it as a formal declaration or a formal agreement,” Psaki said.
Well, here’s this from the White House transcript from April 13. You be the judge.
MS. PSAKI: Well, there have been a series of bilateral discussions between our leadership and the regional governments of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. Through those discussions, there was a commitment, as you mentioned, to increase border security.
So, Mexico made the decision to maintain 10,000 troops at its southern border, resulting in twice as many daily migrant interdictions. Guatemala surged 1,500 police and military personnel to its southern border with Honduras and agreed to set up 12 checkpoints along the migratory route. Honduras surged 7,000 police and military to disperse a large contingent of migrants.
As with any diplomatic discussion, these discussions happen at several levels. And certainly, as you know, we have an envoy who has discussions with the region. We’ve had Roberta Jacobson working for a period of time to help have these discussions with the region about what steps can be taken to help reduce the number of migrants who are coming to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Q So, fair to characterize it as: These agreements were struck recently — I mean, and in the past few weeks? Would it be fair to say that?
MS. PSAKI: I think that’s — that’s fair to say, but I would also say that they — often these discussions are ongoing over a period of time and take place at several levels of the government, both here and within these countries.
Maybe she could try to say it was a “commitment” not an agreement. But as you can see, she agreed that there were agreements.