Trump to the Rescue: Mexican Officials Continue Talks with D.C. to Avoid Tariffs for Not Securing Border, Creating National Emergency

  • With a Monday deadline looming for the U.S. to enact tariffs on Mexican imports, Mexican officials met late into Tuesday with their American counterparts to try to thwart the 5% tariffs.
  • Though Trump is using the threat of tariffs to coerce Mexico to do more to curb illegal immigration and to punish the nation if they don’t, the tariffs could be devastating to both nations.
  • Despite opposition from his own party who fear that the tariffs could harm the U.S. economy, President Trump said the tariffs are more than likely to go into effect on Monday.
  • Vice President Mike Pence led talks with the Mexican delegation on Wednesday while Trump is out of the country.
  • According to reports, “Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver the president’s deultimatum to top Mexican officials, who raced to Washington immediately after Trump’s surprise announcement.”
  • White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Mexico could make certain commitments to avoid the tariffs, “which he said may not have to go into effect precisely because we have the Mexicans’ attention.”
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley said Mexico has “a long list of things they’re going to offer to us and it will preclude tariffs going into effect.”
  • In May, the number of apprehensions at the U.S. southern border reached a decade high of 132,887. The majority of the illegal immigrants are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
  • Mexico’s ambassador to the U.S. said: “Without Mexico’s efforts, an additional quarter-million migrants could arrive at the U.S. border in 2019.”
  • It’s also been reported that “some U.S. lawmakers have been in talks with Mexican as well as Trump officials, hoping Mexico’s proposals could at least persuade the president to delay the first tariffs.”
  • Some Republican lawmakers said they are ready to confront Trump about the proposed tariffs since they are fearful they could “spike U.S. consumer costs, harm the economy and imperil a major pending U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal.”
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: “There is not much support in my conference for tariffs, that’s for sure.”
  • Some are disappointed that Republicans aren’t backing the president and see the border crisis as a national emergency of the utmost importance.

Reference Links

  • AP: Mexican officials try to stave off tariffs at White House READ
  • The Wall Street Journal: Mexico Lobbies White House as Trump’s Tariffs Loom READ
  • USA TODAY: Mike Pence to deliver Trump’s demands to Mexican officials as tariff deadline looms READ
  • Fox: Brandon Judd: Here’s why Trump’s tariffs on Mexico deserve our support (hint: pressure works) READ

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