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Trump says GOP would be ‘foolish’ to block Mexico tariffs



President Donald Trump listens during a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the Foreign Office, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in central London. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that fellow Republicans would be “foolish” to block the tariffs he’s threatening on Mexican imports, but GOP senators fearing a new trade war were considering action and grilling his administration lawyers behind closed doors.


Republicans are deeply concerned that Trump’s proposed 5% tariffs on all imports from Mexico would spike U.S. consumers’ costs , harm the economy and imperil a major pending US-Mexico-Canada trade deal. Mexico is concerned as well, and top officials are in Washington working to stave off the threatened trade taxes.


If Congress should vote against the tariffs it would be a stiff rebuke to Trump, much like its earlier effort to reject money to build a long, impregnable border wall. But many on Capitol Hill remain hopeful talks this week between U.S. and Mexican officials will ease Trump away from the tariffs he’s said will start next Monday.


“We’re going to see if we can do something,” Trump said during a press conference in London on the second day of his state visit to Britain.


“But I think it’s more likely that the tariffs go on,” he said. He also doubted Republicans in Congress would muster the votes against him. “If they do, it’s foolish.”


Mexico seemed much more optimistic about a resolution.



Reuters

4th June 2019

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