Republicans Would be Foolish to Try Blocking Tariffs on Mexico

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"And then they're either having to increase prices, which the American consumers have to pay for, or try to better negotiate with their factories", Resnick continued.

All sides, including officials from Mexico meeting with Trump negotiators in Washington this week, remain hopeful that high-level talks will ease the president away from his threat.

The US-Mexican talks begin on Monday with a meeting between Mexican Economy Secretary Graciela Marquez and US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

That meant focusing on states that voted for Trump in 2016 where agriculture plays a major role in the local economy, as well as several so-called Rust Belt industrial states, including Michigan, Pennsylvania and OH, the source added. "Problem is, they've been "talking" for 25 years". "We want action, not talk".

But Mexico said earlier Tuesday that an agreement was likely to avoid the threatened 5% tariff on Mexican imports, effective Monday.

Mr Trump has threatened to increase the tariffs on Mexico to as much as 25 per cent this year if the government does not do more to stop the migrants.

In April, more than 109,000 people were apprehended at the border, more than twice the number in April 2018 and compared to fewer than 16,000 in April 2017, Trump's first year in office.

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Trucks are seen heading into the United States from Mexico along the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday.

The White House is working behind the scenes to calm unrest among GOP senators as members consider legislative options to push back on the tariffs.

Lucas, whose district includes all or part of 32 counties, mostly in western Oklahoma, said, "I'm told 40% of the Oklahoma pork crop went to Mexico".

The president "has been known to play with fire, but not live hand grenades", Kennedy said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

The speaker also said that Sunday would mark 150 days that Democrats had been in the House majority and recapped a litany of bills that had been passed - many with 100 percent Democratic support - that were languishing in the Senate. Any tax savings realized by the poor could be eaten up by higher prices from tariffs, according to an analysis being released this week by the Tax Foundation, a right-of-center think tank in Washington.

Mexican officials are due to meet later this week with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a bid to come to a resolution.

The lunch meeting occurred just hours after Trump, during a news conference in London, reiterated his intention to impose the tariffs next week and said it would be "foolish" for Republican senators to try to stop him.

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Speaking on Sunday afternoon at an event to mark the start of construction on an oil refinery in southern Mexico, Lopez Obrador did not refer directly to the trade dispute, but said he wanted to send a "memorandum" to the American people.

He suggested the Mexican government could seal its southern border with Guatemala, crack down on domestic terrorist organizations and make Mexico a safe place for migrants seeking to apply for asylum.

"When the Mexican season is in for a lot of these items, that is the primary source", Miller says.

But several of Trump's allies were insistent that Trump pull his tariff threat. "He's absolutely, deadly serious", Mulvaney said.

The planned tariffs have drawn criticism from Mexican officials as well as business and industry groups on both sides of the border, who have warned of increased costs for US companies and consumers.

But Mulvaney played down those fears, saying he doubts business will pass on the costs to shoppers. Some of the industries that would be hit with the tariffs, like food and consumer staples, operate on razor-thin margins.

"While we do have some very big challenges in immigration, we feel that should be a very separate issue from how we are dealing with our economic partners, not just in Mexico, but globally", she commented.

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