President Trump has announced that he will start smacking Mexico with tariffs if the country doesn’t step up its own enforcement efforts at the United States’ southern border.
On Thursday, the president tweeted:
On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied,..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019
He also tweeted the White House would release more details on the new policy.
Trump said in a White House statement that the first round of tariffs would begin on June 10 at 5% “on all goods imported from Mexico.”
The statement said Trump would carry out his threat under authority from the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and that he would lift tariffs only “if the illegal migration crisis is alleviated through effective actions taken by Mexico.”
Trump also said that the U.S. would raise the tariffs if Mexico refused to act, “tariffs would go up to 10% by July, 15% by August, 20% by September and reach a permanent level of 25% by October.”
The court jesters at CNN also want you to know that Trump might have moved on tariffs because of Robert Mueller’s press conference.
Trump has also been on edge over the past days after Robert Mueller, the special counsel, delivered his first public statement saying his investigation could not determine whether Trump committed a crime.
In making the surprise announcement onm tariffs, Trump was reverting to a reliable strategy of delivering a striking directive as other negative headlines are swirling.
“As everyone knows, the United States of America has been invaded by hundreds of thousands of people coming through Mexico and entering our country illegally,” Trump wrote. “This sustained influx of illegal aliens has profound consequences on every aspect of our national life—overwhelming our schools, overcrowding our hospitals, draining our welfare system, and causing untold amounts of crime.”
The Office of U.S. Trade Representative says $346.5B in goods are imported into the U.S. from Mexico, including cars and agricultural products.
The White House plans on briefing Republican lawmakers today “to get them more comfortable” with the decision.
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