‘A giant game of chicken’: GOP lawmakers warn against Trump’s threatened tariffs on Mexico ,
Top Republicans warned the Trump administration Tuesday against imposing new tariffs on all Mexican imports,
Saying the president risks an embarrassing congressional reversal if he goes through with the plan. President Donald Trump has threatened to impose 5% tariffs on Mexico starting next week unless the Mexican government stops the flow of migrants coming to the U.S. border.
But Senate GOP leaders publicly and privately pressed the White House to negotiate a solution with Mexican officials and said Trump could face a congressional blockade if he goes through with the levies.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold pivotal talks with Mexican officials Wednesday amid the growing political backlash.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said that Trump administration officials got an earful from lawmakers expressing “deep
concern and resistance to imposing tariffs , On trade with Mexico because it would hurt American jobs.” He said the current showdown with Mexico is like “a giant game of chicken,” with potentially disastrous economic results.
“It’s like two trucks headed straight at each other on a country road. If the outcome of this is that Mexico blinks, and they turn, and they actually become active ,
productive partners in helping stop illegal immigration, that would be a good outcome,” Cruz said. “But if the outcome of this game of chicken is massive new tariffs that destroy jobs in Texas,
“Frankly, I don’t believe President Trump will actually go through with the tariffs,” Schumer said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “President Trump has a habit of talking tough and then retreating because his policy often … can’t be implemented or doesn’t make sense.”
Trump dismissed those efforts Tuesday and seemed to double-down on his tariff threat.