As more and more Republican senators speak out against the President's proposed tariff on Mexico, which he thinks will force the country to stop illegal immigration into the U.S., President Trumptweeted a quote in support of the measure from the top House Republican.
Mexico made a last-ditch push Tuesday to avoid the punishing import tariffs Donald Trump has threatened to slap on his southern neighbor, as the United States president demanded it put an end to a migrant "invasion".
Speaking before a high-stakes meeting between Mexican officials and United States trade representative Robert Lighthizer, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said he predicted an "80 percent" chance of success in negotiating a way out.
In 2018, the United States exported $265 billion worth of goods to Mexico and imported products worth nearly $347 billion from its southern neighbor, according to the U.S. Census Bureau data. They would go into effect Monday, though Senate Republicans have threatened to stop Trump's plan.
Earlier, Lopez Obrador said he was optimistic. The Washington Post reported Monday night that GOP lawmakers had discussed the possibility of blocking the tariffs, but, to do so, Congress would need a veto-proof majority - something it was not able to obtain when Trump declared a national emergency in February.
Four sources familiar with the situation, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, said the list was with Lopez Obrador's office.
Mexico was seen as a manufacturing alternative to China because of free trade agreements, until Mr. Trump threatened Mexico with tariffs, too.
White House officials on Tuesday were preparing to implement the tariffs next week. Though the latest proposed tariffs do not directly target auto companies, the automobile industry will likely face the greatest impact.
Mexico is now detaining double the number of migrants a day than a year ago, and three times as many as in January, when Mr Lopez Obrador's new government chose to give visas to Central Americans, hoping they would stay in Mexico.
"Frankly, I don't believe that President Trump will actually go through with the tariffs", Schumer said on the Senate floor.
In the recent past, Mexico has been effective in focusing trade retaliation on USA agricultural produce in states that voted for Trump in the 2016 election.
Still, some companies were already starting to shift production out of China because its labor costs were climbing even before the US imposed tariffs. "It's going to be a tax on a lot of consumer products that Americans buy", Pomerleau said. "But eventually they will just impose similar tariffs on us as well", Wright said.
However, business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were quick to decry the proposal, citing potential costs for American consumers and businesses. "That is why I think the imposition of tariffs can be avoided".
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"More than closing differences, this moment where the Mexican government can set up the tone on a different level than Trump's", said Esther Ponce Adame, director of the Center For International Cooperation Towards Development (Centro de Gestión y Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo), a research center based in Mexico City.
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