Trump ‘deadly serious’ about Mexico tariffs, White House official says ,
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney gave a stern warning about President Trump’s upcoming decision to whether to impose tariffs on Mexican goods in retaliation to illegal immigration.
“He is absolutely, deadly serious,” Mulvaney said on “Fox News Sunday.” “In fact, I fully expect these tariffs to go on to at least the 5 percent level on June 10th. The president is deadly serious about fixing the situation at the southern border.”
“Six months ago, we told everybody it was an emergency situation, very few people believed us,” continued Mulvaney. “It’s real.
We had a group of a thousand people — not in different times — one group of a thousand people walk across the border in just the last couple of days.”
Mulvaney’s comments came after Trump announced Thursday, plans to increase tariffs “until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.”
“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 from Mexico, and into our country, STOP,” Trump wrote.
“The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied at which time the Tariffs will be removed.”
In addition to securing their southern border, which is shorter than boundary shared by Mexico and the U.S., Mulvaney said,
Mexican officials “could go after their domestic terrorist organizations, their criminal organizations who are in the business of moving people across Mexico” and “make Mexico a safe place for people to claim asylum” when they come from Central American countries.
Trump on Sunday further threatened Mexico with tariffs, calling the country an “abuser.”“People have been saying for years that we should talk to Mexico,” Trump tweeted Sunday.