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President Donald Trump warned on Twitter that tariffs were still on the table if Mexico’s government failed to agree to try to stop immigrants from reaching the U.S. border.
“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico,” Trump announced Friday evening. He said that in light of this deal “[t]he Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. The exact details of this deal have not yet been released. Any deal still has to be approved by Mexico’s Congress before it can become law.
Trump had threatened the tariffs on May 30, saying that they would start out at 5 percent and gradually increase “until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied” and “illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our country, STOP.”
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 through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied,..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019
On Monday, Trump wrote on Twitter that despite promises from the Mexican government, “if for any reason the approval” from the Mexican government “is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated.”
….We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, Tariffs will be reinstated!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2019
Some of Trump’s fellow Republicans have criticized the tariffs, since they would likely affect businesses in border states. Texas Gov. Greg Abbot (R) applauded Trump for “trying to address this emergency” at the border, but said that he opposed the implementation of tariffs “due to the harm it would inflict on the Texas economy.”
In late April, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) warned Trump that the trade deal he had struck with Mexico in November 2018 was in danger if he failed to lift tariffs he had put in place on imports of steel and aluminum. He also called the tariffs a “tax on Americans,” referring to how the tariffs are paid by American import companies rather than foreign exporters.