President Donald J. Trump thanked the Mexican government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador for its efforts to deploy military troops to curb immigration. 

“As you know, Mexico has now deployed 21,000 troops, which is something they’ve never done before. And they’ve been a tremendous help. Tremendous difference in the numbers, very rapidly,” the president said during the Full Honors Welcome Ceremony of new Defense Secretary Mark Esper at the Pentagon.

The president also highlighted the U.S. military deployment to “confront the grave national security crisis” on the southern border.

“And I want to thank all of the great military leaders for the help you’ve given us on our southern border,” President Trump said. 

The president assured that no nation is safe if it cannot control its borders and said, “With unyielding strength, we will defend our country, we will defend our people and we will proudly defend our great American flag.”

In June, the Mexican executive reached an agreement with the Trump administration and announced the sending of 15,000 troops of the newly created National Guard to Mexico’s northern border, in addition to the 6,500 already deployed on the border with Guatemala in the south of the country. 

Just 45 days later, the flow of immigrants dropped 36.2%, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard acknowledged during a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week, according to an official statement