Trump says GOP would be 'foolish' to block Mexico tariffs

Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador

This week, President Trump threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on goods entering through the southern border if Mexico can not curtail the flow of undocumented migrants into the U.S.by the comically short deadline of June 10 - and Senate Republicans are not thrilled.

"We all agree that we must replace NAFTA, but without real enforcement mechanisms we would be locking American workers into another bad deal", Pelosi said.

The goods the United States imports from Mexico could negative impact a different set of industries than the Chinese tariffs, Gibbs said. The association argues the tariffs won't help bring the cost down, contending they'll have American's paying $3 billion more for produce this fall. "But it would not be acceptable and they know it". "American companies have to pay the tariffs on the goods they import and they pass those costs on to consumers". Whether or not the added consideration of tariffs on Mexico would build more support for the resolution within the party is an open question.

Nor does it include job losses caused by the escalating trade war between the United States and China, the world's two largest economies. The price of oil fell on Monday as USA disputes with the two countries deepened concerns about weakening global crude demand. All told, Trump has threatened to hit as much as $550 billion worth of China's exports to the US with punitive tariffs. Many lawmakers are concerned about the potential impact on cross-border trade and on USA businesses and consumers. Efforts to get Mexico or USA lawmakers in Congress to fund the barrier have failed.

Large flows of migrants, many asylum seekers, have long sparked Trump's ire and helped fuel his successful bid for White House amid a campaign promise that he would make Mexico pay for a wall along the southern USA border.

In 2018, the United States exported $265 billion worth of goods to Mexico and imported products worth nearly $347 billion from its southern neighbor, according to the U.S. Census Bureau data.

The ultimatum from Trump is the biggest foreign policy test to date for Lopez Obrador.

The Chamber has said it is looking at ways to challenge Trump's plan, including legal options.

"There is no doubt we have an emergency at the border, which is exacerbated and perpetuated by congressional Democrats who refuse to close loopholes in our law that are resulting in a massive influx of illegal immigration", a Cruz spokesperson told Blaze Media in a statement.

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"It is not only a problem of Central America, Mexico or the United States, but a regional situation", Adame said. They'll be more reluctant to cross Trump than the Senate will.

Trump and fellow Republicans say something needs to be done to stem the biggest migrant surge on the border in a decade.

Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, predicted that the U.S. and Mexico would strike a deal to avert the tariffs.

The United States has not presented concrete benchmarks to assess whether the USA ally is sufficiently stemming the migrant flow from Central America.

So far, 8,835 people have been sent into Mexico under the program, commonly known as "Remain in Mexico". "What a creep", Trump tweeted.

As Pelosi addresses the press weekly, knowing a lot of them simply want to ask about impeachment, she usually spends her opening statement ignoring the topic and touting Democrats' legislative activity.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top administration officials plan to meet with Mexican leaders Wednesday, but White House officials have been careful not to specify precise actions they expect Mexico to take in exchange for not imposing the tariffs.

Should the proposed tariffs go into effect next week, Sen.

"I hope it doesn't come to that and we don't go down this road, but we'll see what happens if the president pulls that trigger", Toomey said.

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