Brit Hume: Trump tariff policies 'a dramatic departure' from conservative American thought

Jeannie Matthews
June 7, 2019

The tariff rate would begin at 5 percent and increase 5 additional percentage points on the first day of each subsequent month, unless Mexico takes action to prevent migrants from entering the USA - though Trump has not yet stated what actions would actually satisfy this condition.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is slamming U.S. President Donald Trump for threatening to impose tariffs on his country, calling the move "blackmail", "totally insane", and a self-serving ploy to score political points with supporters ahead of next year's election.

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

Authorities blocked a new caravan of Central American migrants Wednesday after they entered Mexico bound for the United States, as the government scrambled to dodge President Donald Trump's threat to impose tariffs over undocumented immigration. Trade adviser at the White House, Peter Navarro, told CNN, "We believe that these tariffs may not have to go into effect, precisely because we have the Mexican's attention".

US border officers apprehended more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the Trump administration said on Wednesday, the highest monthly total in more than a decade and reaching what officials said were "crisis" levels. Texas imported $107 billion in goods from Mexico a year ago, accounting for almost a third of the $346.5 billion imported by the entire country.

But Trump defended his move to impose tariffs on Mexico unless the country stops all illegal migration into the United States.

President Trump took a few quick moments before D-Day festivities to insult his Republican colleagues and everyone else opposed to his tariffs.

"It is totally insane what he is proposing", Fox told Yahoo Finance Canada in an interview in Toronto.

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Some also argued that the announced tariffs on Mexico could jeopardize the ratification of the U.S. -Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a proposed replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement that is already facing a bumpy road in the Democrat-controlled House.

With the clock ticking toward next year's U.S. elections, Democrats have accused Mr Trump of using tariffs and immigration to distract from his political problems.

Ebrard said Wednesday's discussions had focused on migration rather than tariffs and more talks were needed to find common ground.

"We're dealing with thousands of people coming across the border now on a daily basis", Abbott said.

"When you have the money, when you have the product, when you have the thing that everybody wants, you're in a position to do very well with tariffs, and that's where we are", he added.

President Trump's use of tariffs as a negotiating tool is in stark contrast to how Republicans have traditionally operated, according to Brit Hume.

It was unclear whether such steps would appease Trump, who is struggling to make good on his key 2016 presidential campaign promise to build a wall along the border as part of a hard-line immigration stance.

'I think it's more likely the tariffs go on and we'll probably be talking during the time the tariffs are on and they will be paid, ' he argued. Further, such lawlessness would also, ostensibly, make it harder for China to trust the U.S.to abide by the terms of any agreement for ending the current trade war between the world's two great powers. He says talks will resume Thursday.

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