Blunt: Mexican tariffs would not help USMCA


By Julie Harker, Brownfield

June 5, 2019


U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says it’s hard to imagine President Trump’s plan to put tariffs on Mexican imports will help advance the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, “That the same day you lay the USMCA legislative piece down that you announce this tariff on Mexico. But, let’s hope that it works out quickly here.”


The Republican says the government of Mexico CAN be more helpful and says the Guatemalan government has stepped up in the last 10 days, “And signed some agreements with us about the southern border in Guatemala. We’d like to see the Mexicans more helpful there.”


Blunt says the Guatemalan border is a fraction of the length of the U.S./Mexico border so it’s key to solving the immigration influx.


Blunt is also calling for Congress to pass emergency funding to address the southern border crisis.


There are reports that Republicans have told the White House they plan to push back strongly on Mexican tariffs.


Blunt defended Senate Republicans reaction to tariffs from “day one”...