Are Trump's tariffs on Mexico misguided, as Toomey says?

Tuesday, 04 Jun, 2019

Mexico warned Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump's threatened new tariff on its imports would hurt the economies in both countries and not help him achieve what he wants, an end to the surge of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico to reach the United States. The White House official asserted that the president was actually planning to impose the import taxes.

USA officials are insisting Mexico act more aggressively to stop migrants moving through the country from Central America long before they reach the United States border.

"We're doing all we can to reach a deal through dialogue", the veteran leftist said.

White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that the crossing of 1,036 immigrants from Tijuana across the border into the United States in a single incident last week prompted the president's tariff threat.

"American pork producers can not afford retaliatory tariffs from its largest export market, tariffs which Mexico will surely implement", said David Herring, NPPC president.

In February alone, the government said 76,103 people - mostly from Central America - tried to cross the border and were apprehended by the US Border Patrol officials, marking an 11-year high on record. In all of fiscal 2018, about 521,000 people were apprehended after crossing the south-west border or stopped from entering.

"Zero, no. That's not the objective of this", Mr Navarro said. Mexican officials contended that an additional quarter million migrants could try to reach the USA if the tariff is imposed, on top of the thousands already crossing the southern US border each month. Large protests took place at the time in London, when the famous giant "Trump baby" blimp was flown for the first time.

"They've been "talking" for 25 years".

The White House said the tariff rate would start at 5% and increase by five percentage points each month through October, when it would top out at 25%. Later in the week, other officials are meeting, including Ebrard with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The growth in tariffs are beginning to take an effect on the Chinese economy: Activity in China's vast factory industry fell to a three-month low in May.

The president "has been known to play with fire, but not live hand grenades", Kennedy said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

Still, Mr Mulvaney rejected the idea the tariffs are a negotiating ploy to get Mexico's attention, saying on Fox that Mr Trump is "absolutely deadly serious" about imposing the duties and "I fully expect these tariffs to go onto at least the 5 per cent level on June 10".

Mexico on June 5, 2018 imposed tariffs of up to 25% on American steel, pork, cheese, apples, potatoes and bourbon, in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on Mexican metals.

Mounting concern over the economic impact of trade tensions rattled global markets as Mexico scrambled to avoid new American tariffs within days. Some key congressional Republicans have also expressed their opposition.

In November, DTNA announced plans to build its new Freightliner Cascadia truck in Mexico.

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