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· Trump's top trade adviser says Mexico tariffs 'may not have to go into effect'
· Trump: Mexico tariffs ‘likely’ to take effect despite talks
· Mexican Trade Delegation Will Try To Head Off Trump's Planned Tariffs
Trump's top trade adviser says Mexico tariffs 'may not have to go into effect'
By Devan Cole, CNN
June 5, 2019
Washington (CNN)The top trade adviser to President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the threatened tariffs against Mexico "may not have to go into effect" if the country can demonstrate it's taking steps to halt the flow of undocumented migrants across the southern US border.
Peter Navarro's comments to CNN's Jim Sciutto on "Newsroom" came hours ahead of a meeting between top US officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, and Mexico's foreign minister to discuss the tariffs and the immigration issue.
"Right now, the Mexican government makes money off illegal immigration. After the tariffs are put in place, the Mexican government will bear a cost of that. We believe that these tariffs may not have to go into effect precisely because we have the Mexicans' attention," Navarro said. "Vice President Pence will be meeting with them today, Secretary of State Pompeo and (US Trade Representative) Robert Lighthizer. I think let's stay calm and look at the chess board here."
Navarro's comments come amid warnings from Senate Republicans that they will not support the Mexico tariffs, raising the possibility of a rebuke to the President over the surprise move announced last week.
Trump said on Tuesday that he was inclined to go ahead with the levies, set to go into effect starting next week.
"We're going to see if we can do something. But I think it's more likely that the tariffs go on and we'll probably be talking during the time that the tariffs are on, and they're going to be paid," Trump said during a news conference alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May.
In the interview with Sciutto, Navarro outlined three demands he wants Mexico to meet in order to prevent a 5% tariff on Mexican imports to the US from going into effect next week...
Trump: Mexico tariffs ‘likely’ to take effect despite talks
By Ken Anderson, Brownfield
June 4, 2019
President Trump said today that a tariff on all Mexican goods will likely take effect next week, even though a summit meeting between top U.S. and Mexican officials is scheduled for Wednesday.
“We are going to see if we can do something,” Trump said. “But I think it’s more likely that the tariffs go on and we’ll probably be talking during the time that the tariffs are on—and they’re going to be paid.”
Trump was asked about reports some Republican members of Congress may try to block his move to impose those tariffs.
“I don’t think they will do that. If they do, it’s foolish,” he said...
Mexican Trade Delegation Will Try To Head Off Trump's Planned Tariffs
High Plains Public Radio
Jun 4, 2019
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. says her country is willing to talk about President Trump's threat to impose tariffs. But Martha Barcena says there's only so much that Mexico can do to meet a demand to stop migration.
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MARTHA BARCENA: We act out of deep-rooted principles, and there is a clear limit to what we can negotiate. And that limit is Mexican dignity.
INSKEEP: NPR's Franco Ordonez reports that Mexican officials are preparing targeted counter tariffs. Antonio Ortiz-Mena is with us this morning. He's a former trade negotiator for the Mexican government. He's in our studios.
ANTONIO ORTIZ-MENA: Good morning.
INSKEEP: How is Mexico's dignity involved here?
ORTIZ-MENA: Well, I would say that Mexico's doing basically all it can to deal with this very complicated issue, and it can do things if it thinks it's its own self-interest. Or, in engaging with the U.S., I would say that U.S. pressure could be counterproductive. Mexico could work in spite of U.S. pressure, not because of U.S. pressure.
INSKEEP: I don't understand what you mean by that.
ORTIZ-MENA: For example, if the Mexican president is perceived as asking just to please the U.S. president, he could get a lot of political flak back home.
INSKEEP: Oh, meaning that if the U.S. phrases a request as a humiliating demand, it's actually bad for Mexican officials politically.
ORTIZ-MENA: That is correct.
INSKEEP: With that said, you said Mexicans - Mexico's doing everything that it can. Is that really true? Mexico couldn't do more to secure its own southern border against Central American migrants who are heading through to the United States, for example?
ORTIZ-MENA: Well, I would say that it is a very complicated issue. And Mexico has to balance, you know, restrictions on the budget. You know, it does not have as much resource as the U.S. can. It has to balance enforcement with human rights issues and international legal commitments. It's a balancing act.
INSKEEP: So let me mention the thing that we heard from Franco Ordonez, our correspondent, who said that Mexico is preparing, if necessary, counter tariffs. I guess if you're going to put tariffs on in this situation, you want to damage the other guy without damaging your own economy. What can Mexico do to the United States?
ORTIZ-MENA: Well, ideally to reach a negotiated settlement without starting in a tit-for-tat.
INSKEEP: Yeah, but what...
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