White House adviser says tariffs on Mexican goods may not be needed

Fredrick Soto
June 7, 2019

Pence says that, among other issues, negotiators in Washington have been discussing a potential agreement to make it hard for those who enter Mexico from other countries to claim asylum in the U.S.

It may also hamper plans by some U.S. manufacturing businesses to relocate to Mexico from China in the wake of the ongoing trade war with Beijing.

But leftist Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has repeatedly said he wants to persuade Washington to help by tackling the causes of migration by investing in Central America to create jobs and speed up economic development.

But his administration is preparing for a no-deal outcome, too.

Mexican officials will meet with senior Trump administration officials on Wednesday in an attempt to convince Washington to forgo plans to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods to force the government in Mexico City to stop the flow of migrants from Central America into the United States, Trendreported citing Sputnik. "We have a crisis on our Southern Border". Those tariffs are set to increase by 5 percent each month till they reach 25 percent October 1, where they will remain until "the illegal immigration problem is remedied", Trump said in a tweet. "We need them to interdict these folks at the point of origin crossing their border". Under the proposal, Central Americans seeking asylum would have to remain in the first country they entered after leaving their homeland.

"We're having a great talk with Mexico".

The stakes were raised on Wednesday as US Customs and Border Protection announced that migrant arrests had surged in May to the highest level in more than a decade.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are threatening their own confrontation with Trump, warning the White House that they are ready to stand up to the president to try to block his tariffs, which they worry would spike costs to U.S. consumers, harm the economy and imperil a major pending U.S. -Mexico-Canada trade deal.

A diplomatic counteroffensive launched by Mexico this week includes a Tuesday meeting of trade negotiator Jesus Seade with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

'I have had tremendous Republican support.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro had raised hopes earlier on Wednesday of a possible rapprochement.

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said Pres. Trump "is trying to use tariffs to solve every problem but HIV and climate change". "Mexico can stop it".

"I just wanted to make sure the Mexican ambassador realized" the situation, Johnson said.

Those individuals worry about the negative economic consequences for Americans and believe the tariffs, which would likely prompt retaliatory taxes on United States exports, would also hurt the administration politically, according to these officials who were not authorised to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The talks, which broke off Wednesday without agreement, are due to resume Thursday.

Grassley represents the farming state of Iowa, which exports pork and other agriculture products to Mexico and might be hit by Mexican retaliation in a prolonged trade dispute.

Migration at the southern border is still lower than at other peak periods since the 1970s.

He said that at any given time, there are 100,000 migrants transiting through Mexico on their way to the USA border.

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