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Trump raises specter of imposing ‘very profitable’ new tariffs on Mexico despite deal breakthrough

Even as he again hailed his administration’s last-minute, much-heralded deal on Friday with Mexico as a “successful agreement” to address illegal immigration at the southern border, President Trump on Sunday bluntly suggested he might again seek to impose punishing tariffs on Mexico if its cooperation falls short in the future.

The president and other key administration officials also sharply disputed a New York Times report claiming the Friday deal “largely” had been negotiated months ago, and hinted that not all major details of the new arrangement have yet been made public.

In its report, the Times acknowledged that Mexico’s pledge to deploy up to 6,000 national guard troops to its southern border with Guatemala “was larger than their previous pledge,” and that Mexico’s “agreement to accelerate the Migrant Protection Protocols could help reduce what Mr. Trump calls ‘catch and release’ of migrants in the United States by giving the country a greater ability to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico.”

U.S. officials had been working to expand the migrant program, which already has led to the return of about 10,000 people, and said Friday’s agreement was a major push in that direction. Nevertheless, the Times, citing unnamed officials from Mexico and the U.S., reported that the concessions already had been hashed out in a more limited form.

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“Another false report in the Failing @nytimes,” Trump wrote. “We have been trying to get some of these Border Actions for a long time, as have other administrations, but were not able to get them, or get them in full, until our signed agreement with Mexico. Additionally, and for many years Mexico was not being cooperative on the Border in things we had, or didn’t have, and now I have full confidence, especially after speaking to their President yesterday, that they will be very cooperative and want to get the job properly done.”

That might have been a reference to discussions about Mexico becoming a “safe third country,” which would make it harder for asylum-seekers who pass through the country to claim refuge in the U.S. The idea, which Mexico has long opposed, was discussed during negotiations, but Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard has said his country did not agree to it, even as Mexican diplomats said negotiations on the topic will continue.

And, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” insisted “all of it is new,” including the agreement to dispatch around 6,000 National Guard troops — a move Mexico has described as an “acceleration.”

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A Mexican Army soldier near an immigration checkpoint in Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, this past Saturday. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

“This is the first time we’ve heard anything like this kind of number of law enforcement being deployed in Mexico to address migration, not just at the southern border but also on the transportation routes to the northern border and in coordinated patrols in key areas along our southwest border,” he said, adding that “people can disagree with the tactics” but that “Mexico came to the table with real proposals” that he said will be effective, if implemented.

The agreement between the U.S. and Mexico headed off a 5 percent tax on all Mexican goods that Trump had threatened to impose starting Monday. The tariffs were set to rise to 15 percent on August 1, 2019, to 20 percent on September 1, 2019, and to 25 percent on October 1, 2019.

But, Trump suggested Sunday, the threat of tariffs is not completely removed.

“Importantly, some things not mentioned in [yesterday’s] press release, one in particular, were agreed upon,” Trump continued. “That will be announced at the appropriate time. There is now going to be great cooperation between Mexico & the USA, something that didn’t exist for decades. However, if for some unknown reason there is not, we can always go back to our previous, very profitable, position of Tariffs – But I don’t believe that will be necessary. The Failing @nytimes, & ratings challenged @CNN, will do anything possible to see our Country fail! They are truly The Enemy of the People!”

Democrats seeking to unseat President Trump in 2020, meanwhile, said the Times report was evidence that the administration merely was trying to save face, after Trump suddenly announced his plan for the tariffs less than two weeks ago, on May 30.

Bernie Sanders, for example, derided Trump on Sunday for purportedly picking unnecessary and economically costly fights with a variety of countries.

“I think what the world is tired of and what I am tired of is a president who consistently goes to war, verbal war with our allies, whether it is Mexico, whether it is Canada,” Sanders said.

But, in a tense moment on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sanders struggled when asked by host Dana Bash why he had called the situation at the southern border a “fake crisis” engineered by the White House.

“Immigration officials have arrested or encountered more than 144,000 migrants at the southern border in May, the highest monthly total in 13 years,” Bash began. “Border facilities are dangerously overcrowded; migrants are actually standing on toilets to get space to breathe. How is that not a crisis?”

Sanders responded that the president has been “demonizing” immigrants.

Beto O’Rourke, in a separate interview, conceded only that Trump may have helped accelerate the implementation of a previously existing arrangement.

“I think the president has completely overblown what he purports to have achieved. These are agreements that Mexico had already made and, in some case, months ago,” O’Rourke said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “They might have accelerated the timetable, but by and large the president achieved nothing except to jeopardize the most important trading relationship that the United States of America has.”

Mexican officials, meanwhile, insisted that they would remain engaged in active negotiations with the Trump administration.

“We want to continue to work with the U.S. very closely on the different challenges that we have together, and one urgent one at this moment is immigration,” Mexican diplomat Martha Barcena said Sunday.

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She told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that the countries’ “joint declaration of principles… gives us the base for the road map that we have to follow in the incoming months on immigration and cooperation on asylum issues and development in Central America.”

Barcena added that the U.S. wanted to see the number of migrants crossing the border to return to levels seen in 2018.

Fox News’ Bret Baier, Adam Shaw and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tom Del Beccaro: Trump proven right again, as tariff threat prompts Mexico to act against illegal immigration

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President Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Mexico if it didn’t change its border policies. In the short period between Trump’s threat and his deal with Mexico announced Friday night to crack down on illegal immigrants in Mexico, headlines all but screamed:  “Avocados will get more expensive if Trump taxes Mexican imports.”

Apparently, some Americans were expected to buckle on that pressure.

Indeed, the world remembered D-Day this week, and the thousands who gave their lives. Part of that war effort also saw Americans withstand rationing of essentials such as gasoline, butter and sugar. It was a sad commentary that today’s Americans are unwilling to sacrifice higher avocado prices for a greater good.

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Meanwhile, President Trump proved his doubters wrong once again.

While the Democratic Congress refused to fund serious border protection, Trump went his own way and crafted a deal. While conservatives, many Republicans and even some on the left, excoriated the president for supposedly abandoning the holy grail of free trade by threatening tariffs on Mexico, Trump went about his business and did what other politicians refused to do. He found a promising way to decrease illegal immigration.

Trading on terms that increase our long-term problems by enriching those who mean to do us harm at least warrants a discussion.

The real story here is not that Trump made a deal. That was predictable. Mexico has a vulnerable economy and the U.S. economy is far, far stronger. Mexico had and still does have more to lose and so it made a deal. Leveraging your superior bargaining power is part of the art of the deal.

The reaction to Trump’s potential tariffs, on the other hand, raises a serious question.

Are any Americans willing to suffer any inconvenience at all for the sake of American foreign policy or a greater American good?

For the record, I am a free trader. If we had a world without tariffs, economic activity would substantially increase and standards of living would rise around the world. That is good for everyone and may even reduce war as some nations open their societies up to economic freedom.

The pursuit of free trade, however, is not the only policy consideration our country faces. Indeed, the United States is constantly beset with foreign policy considerations that require us to use economic levers that run contrary to the pursuit of free trade.

For instance, in 2018, the U.S. had economic sanctions in force against the Balkans, Belarus, Burma, Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cuba, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe. Since then, we sanctioned Burundi, Darfur, Somalia and individuals in Russia, Venezuela, Yemen and Nicaragua.

Those countries, and in some instances individuals within those countries, are all bad actors we are seeking to punish. Diplomatically demanding that those countries or people behave according to international norms often does not work. Short of a military response, the U.S. imposes economic sanctions after diplomacy alone does not work.

Presumably, those objecting to the Trump tariffs know that the sanctions against North Korea – and those other countries and people – reduce trade opportunities for Americans. After all, sanctions are tariffs by a different name that are meant to restrict trade or abolish it altogether.

Do the tariff objectors want us to lift sanctions on North Korea? As for Russia, do they really think Trump should lift the sanctions against the Russians who interfered in the 2016 election because it restricts free trade?

Are the Trump tariff objectors really demanding, in the name of free trade, to remove free trade reducing economic sanctions as a foreign policy tool? Wouldn’t that reduce our choices to just two: diplomacy or war? And wouldn’t that increase the possibility of war and loss of life – not to mention increased spending and taxes?

On a different front, one of the worst foreign policy decisions in American history was our energy policies between the 1960s and 2016. Our decision to buy oil abroad from dictatorships militarily opposed to us (such as Iran and Russia), enriched those countries. Indeed, we overpaid them for energy we could have developed at home.

Having more money helped those authoritarian governments do bad things. That trade, therefore, increased our defense costs because we had to militarily deal with those trade-strengthened provocative countries. Now we worry that Iran will get a nuclear weapon. Russia appears to be the only focus of the Democrats.

All of which brings us to China. Despite what former Vice President Joe Biden says, China has outlined plans to displace the United States on the global stage. The Chinese are our adversary in many ways and that dynamic will grow right along with their military.

Should America freely trade with China, on its terms, while China seeks such global hegemony? Aren’t China’s goals detrimental to American interests at home and abroad, short- and long-term?

Did we learn nothing from our mistaken energy policies of the 1970s and beyond? Or should we stop enriching China on its terms?

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The actions of the Mexican government with respect to illegal immigration, along with Mexico’s inaction on drugs and violence along the border, represent a far more significant problem for the U.S. than anything Burundi has done. Serious action is warranted before members of the Islamic State follow through on their plan to use our porous border to initiate an attack.

Perhaps Trump should have simply threatened sanctions against Mexico instead of tariffs. The hue and cry would have been less. On the other hand, trading on terms that increase our long-term problems by enriching those who mean to do us harm at least warrants a discussion. There’s much more at stake than the horrifying cost of avocados.

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Rep. Mark Meadows: ‘Senate Republicans need to get a backbone’ on immigration

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Senate Republicans must take action on immigration reform instead of allowing Democrats to prevent President Trump from securing the border, according to Mark Meadows.

On the House side, Republicans will continue to follow Trump’s lead on the issue, Rep. Meadows, R-N.C. said Wednesday on “The Todd Starnes Show.”

“If the president works, we’re going to stand with the president and we’re going to secure our border,” the House Freedom Caucus chairman said.

TRUMP: MEXICO TARIFFS ‘WILL TAKE EFFECT,’ ‘FOOLISH’ FOR GOP TO BLOCK

He criticized some Republican senators for taking issue with Trump’s decision to use tariffs against Mexico to get their assistance on the illegal immigration front.

“They passed a disaster relief [bill] out of the Senate, which we all know that many of our states needed that disaster relief,” Meadows said.

“But they also passed it without giving the president any money for border security measures. Now they want to blame the president for actually taking a tool that he has in his toolbox to make sure we secure the border.”

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“Shame on them, and I’m saying it being a part of the same party,” the western North Carolina lawmaker said.

Meadows added, “There’s nothing being done other than a whole lot of politicians talking about doing something.”

“Whether you applaud the tactics or not, [Trump is] serious about getting something done.”

In the past week, Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. and Charles Grassley R-Iowa, released statements opposing the use of tariffs.

Toomey said tariffs are a “dangerous and risky economic tool.”

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“They raise the cost of products for American families, reduce market share abroad for U.S. exporters and make our economy less competitive globally. History has shown us time and again that nobody wins a trade war,” the Pennsylvania lawmaker added.

“Trade policy and border security are separate issues,” Grassley said last week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, R-Texas, were also critical of tariffs.

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Trump swipes at Schumer after top Dem claimed president won’t ‘follow through’ on tariffs

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President Trump took a swipe Tuesday night at Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,  who said he believes Trump ultimately will back down on the threat of tariffs on all goods coming into the U.S. from Mexico.

“Can you imagine Cryin’ Chuck Schumer saying out loud, for all to hear, that I am bluffing with respect to putting Tariffs on Mexico. What a Creep. He would rather have our Country fail with drugs & Immigration than give Republicans a win. But he gave Mexico bad advice, no bluff!” Trump tweeted.

Trump has vowed to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican imports next week unless the country does more to stem illegal migration.

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The president last week threatened to impose the monthly tariff which would rise to a total of 25 percent by October.

“Frankly, I don’t believe that President Trump will actually go through with the tariffs,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “President Trump has a habit of talking tough and then retreating, because his policies often can’t be implemented or don’t make sense… so I wouldn’t be surprised at all if President Trump doesn’t follow through on these tariffs, either.”

It is unclear what more Mexico could do — and what would be enough — to satisfy Trump on illegal immigration, a signature issue of his presidency.

The United States has not presented concrete benchmarks to assess how sufficient the U.S. ally would be stemming the migrant flow from Central America. Mexican officials have called the potential tariffs hurtful to the economies of both countries and useless to slow the northbound flow of Central American migrants.

Lawmakers and business allies have worried publicly that the tariffs would derail the long-promised United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) — a rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that Trump had promised to replace.

Trump has indicated he will rely on the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, a national emergency executive action he can take without congressional approval.

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Republican senators are declaring deep opposition.

All sides, including officials from Mexico meeting with Trump negotiators in Washington this week, have remained hopeful that high-level talks would ease the president away from his threat. But, with the tariffs set to start next Monday, some Republicans in Congress have warned the White House they’re ready to stand up to Trump.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US-China trade war unlikely to end soon, ex-Chinese central bank chief says

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The deadlock over trade between the U.S. and China is unlikely to end during next month’s G20 summit in Japan, with a former Chinese central bank chief blaming President Trump for the lack of breakthrough.

Both countries have been engaged in a trade war amid Trump’s call for fair trading practices that don’t take advantage of the U.S. economy.

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Earlier this month, he pushed up tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent.

In retaliation, China increased tariffs on thousands of American products worth about $60 billion. A 25 percent tariff was levied on a few thousand other products, including soy oil, peanut oil, petrochemicals, frozen minerals and others.

Trump said Thursday that the U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods are making an impact on the Asian nation’s economy and will effectively force its leaders in Beijing to agree to a trade deal.

“I think we’re doing very well with China. We’ll see what happens. But I can tell you China very much wants to make a deal because the companies are leaving China to avoid the tariff,” Trump said.

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Dai Xianglong, former governor of the People’s Bank of China, said Friday that while China’s President Xi Jinping and Trump will likely meet next month in Japan, it remains improbable that the trade war will end.

“Leaders of China and the U.S. will meet late next month in Japan and I hope there will be positive news [from the meeting],” He said, the South China Morning Post reported.

“However, [any breakthrough] would not be easy because it is actually very difficult for the U.S. side to form a powerful and systematic correction that can right the wrongs made by [President] Trump,” he added.

“[Any breakthrough] would not be easy because it is actually very difficult for the U.S. side to form a powerful and systematic correction that can right the wrongs made by [President] Trump.”

— Dai Xianglong, former governor of the People’s Bank of China

A meeting between Xi and Trump at the G20 summit is also expected, according to Vice President Mike Pence.

He said Thursday during a visit to Canada that the meeting won’t just focus on trade but also on the issue of detained Canadians in China. “I expect the issue will come up again at the G20,” Pence said.

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“We’re going to continue to urge China to release the Canadian citizens even while we deal with the larger economic and structural issues,” Pence added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Trump announces escalating tariffs against Mexico, starting at 5 percent, until illegal immigrants ‘STOP’

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President Trump on Thursday abruptly announced a new 5 percent tariff on Mexico beginning in early June, saying the levy will “gradually increase” until the ongoing illegal immigration surge at the southern border 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 through 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. Details from the White House to follow.”

The Washington Post reported earlier in the day that the Trump administration was considering the move, and that it had broad support in the White House — although some aides reportedly tried to talk Trump out of it.

“We are going to do something very dramatic on the border because people are coming into our country,” Trump told reporters Thursday.

The International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977 permits tariffs to be levied in the event of a national emergency originating from a foreign source. The  situation could complicate the legislative passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), sent to Congress by the White House on Thursday, which aims to limit such tariffs.

Vice President Mike Pence was in the Canadian capital of Ottawa on Thursday to build support for the USMCA. The U.S. recently lifted steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada that threatened to sink the arrangement, which was signed in November and seeks to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The news of the tariff came hours after Politico reported that an internal plan under consideration at the Department of Homeland Security effectively would block Central American migrants from bringing asylum claims, by blocking claims from applicants who resided in a country other than their own before seeking entry to the United States.

Customs and Border Protection has said it apprehended or turned away more than 109,000 migrants attempting to cross the border in April, the second month in a row that the number has topped 100,000.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

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Geraldo Rivera urges the Trump administration to ‘fight the Democrats every step of the way’

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Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera said on “Fox & Friends” Friday, “I urge the Trump administration from the top down to fight the Democrats every step of the way.”

Rivera made the comment in response to the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., issuing a subpoena to Donald Trump Jr. this week.

A statement from Trump Jr.’s camp slammed Burr as a “so-called Republican” and called him “too cowardly to stand up to” Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., whom the statement referred to as Burr’s apparent “boss.”

“I think the president’s frustration, while obvious, and his subdued anger is totally justified. How many whacks do they get at this thing before they finally call it case closed,” Rivera said.

DONALD TRUMP JR. SUBPOENAED BY SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, SOURCE SAYS

The subpoena is in regards to remarks President Trump’s oldest son made while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017, The Associated Press reported, citing a person familiar with the situation.

“Don Jr. has testified, I think, it’s 25 hours before one committee, eight or nine hours before a second committee. Over 30 hours total. For goodness sake at what point is enough, enough?” Rivera asked.

“I urge, I’m a moderate person generally speaking, I like bipartisanship, but I urge the Trump administration from the top down to fight the Democrats every step of the way.”

The committee’s desire to speak to Trump Jr. follows testimony from Michael Cohen, the president’s former attorney, in February.

Cohen told a House committee at the time that he had briefed Trump Jr. approximately 10 times about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017 he was only “peripherally aware” of the proposal.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has been looking into Russian election interference and Trump’s ties to Russia for the last two years.

“It’s (California Rep. Adam) Schiff and (House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold) Nadler and (California Rep. Maxine) Waters led by (House) Speaker Pelosi. They have malicious intents, I believe,” Rivera said.

“They don’t want truth here. They want to embarrass the president. They want to continue to relitigate the Mueller report. There was no collusion found. For goodness sake let’s get over this.”

He went on to say, “You have accused this president of the most vial things possible. He has been exonerated largely by the Mueller report. The Mueller report says there’s no collusion. The obstruction case is so lame, I want the country to get going,” Rivera said.

“That bipartisanship that is evidence now in the Senate Intelligence Committee with what Senator Burr did, let’s take that bipartisanship and apply it to infrastructure, apply it to the immigration situation, to support the president on trade. Get together and make something great happen rather than continually going back over the same territory.”

“They have tortured this man and his administration for over two years,” Rivera said adding, “Enough, let’s get this thing behind us. If I were Don, Jr., I would just fight them.”

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she agree with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s statement that the U.S. is currently facing a “constitutional crisis” after the panel voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress on Wednesday.

“This administration wants to have a constitutional crisis because they do not respect the oath of office that they take,” Pelosi said on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

She added, “Every day they are advertising their obstruction of justice by ignoring subpoenas and by just declaring that people shouldn’t come and speak to Congress so that the American people can find out the truth about the Russian disruption of our election, so that it doesn’t happen again.”

Rivera responded on Friday by saying what Pelosi said “is absolute baloney.”

“We know because of the Mueller report there was no collusion. So her bringing in Russia and intelligence or counterintelligence at this late date, is to try to relitigate, try to go back over what Mueller did, no collusion, no collusion, full stop, get over it,” Rivera said.

“In terms of obstruction, because there’s no underlying crime, the president, if he did obstruct anything, he was not obstructing justice, he was obstructing injustice.”

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He added, “The Republicans have to continually stress this was a runaway effort to try to undermine, if not remove the president of the United States for being a traitor, a spy, in Vladimir Putin’s pocket, all of it fake, all of it false, dossier false.”

Rivera went on to say, “That’s the origin, that’s the foundation of everything the Democrats are doing now so if there’s no foundation, now they continue to go forward, this committee, that committee, this subpoena, that subpoena.”

“That’s what I mean when I say this is not a sincere effort to try to root out truth, this is an effort to continually undermine the president of the United States. And I do believe it’s going to backfire,” Rivera said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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