UPDATED 9:53 AM PT — Tuesday, June 4, 2019
President Trump is taking a stand on his proposed tariffs on Mexico. He said the move is necessary to pressure the Mexican government to stop the flow of migrants heading to the U.S. border.
While in London Tuesday, the president was asked if he would follow through with the duties on Mexican imports if the immigration crisis is not stopped by Mexico. He also addressed possible Republican measures which could curb his authority to impose tariffs on Mexico, saying the GOP is foolish to try and stop the penalties. He had this to say:
“We are going to see if we can do something, but I think it’s more likely that the tariffs go on…and they’re going to be paid…Look, millions of people are flowing through Mexico, that is unacceptable…it’s a 2,000 mile journey and they’re coming up to our border and our Border Patrol, which is incredible, they’re apprehending them, but our laws are bad because the Democrats don’t want to pass laws…but even beyond the laws, Mexico shouldn’t allow millions of people to try and enter our country, and they could stop it very quickly and I think they will…and if they won’t, we are going to put tariffs on.”
President Trump’s tariffs on Mexico are set to take effect next Monday if nothing changes on Mexico’s part.
Meanwhile, Mexico believes a deal will be made on time to stop the tariffs from taking effect. While speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcel Ebrard revealed a plan has been in the works, which he believes will address Washington’s requests. He added, the proposal is in its final phase and should be ready by Wednesday.
“I would say that thus far we can conclude two things from what we have seen: first, there will be a negotiation, which we estimate that we will able to find a point of coming together,” stated Ebrard. “Secondly, today we finish the preparatory work in response to the proposal that Mexico will present with its point of view.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mexico’s foreign minister will meet in Washington Wednesday, where they will discuss Mexico’s proposal and ways to combat the immigration crisis.