load_file(“/includes-n/article_top.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/float_share.html”);WORLD / AMERICASWhite House official defends Trumps tariffs on Mexico despite wide-ranging criticismBy AgenciesPublished: Jun 03, 2019 08:52 AMload_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday defended US President Donald Trumps plan to impose tariffs on all goods from Mexico over concerns of illegal immigration, despite wide-ranging criticism from politicians, scholars and business leaders. “The president is deadly serious about fixing the situation at the southern border,” Mulvaney said on Fox News Sunday, adding that things have to get better “quickly.” The US president said on Thursday he would impose a 5-percent tariff on all imported Mexican goods beginning June 10 so as to pressure the country to halt undocumented migrants crossing the border, and will gradually increase tariffs until the problem is remedied, a move that worries many. Republican senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, blasted the presidents decision. “Trade policy and border security are separate issues. This is a misuse of presidential tariff authority and counter to congressional intent,” Grassley said. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer argued that the announced tariffs on Mexico could jeopardize the ratification of the US-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, The Wall Street Journal cited people familiar with the situation as saying. If tariffs can be raised by “unilateral presidential decree,” linked to border policy not the economic relationship, markets will realize that its not likely for the US president to deliver a trade deal with its trade partners, said Adam Posen, president of the Washington-based Peterson Institute for International Economics. In 2018, the United States imported 346.5 billion US dollars worth of goods from Mexico, according to the Department of Commerce. When asked about potential price increases, Mulvaney said inflation is still “under control” even after Washington imposed additional tariffs on its trading partners, arguing that its “relatively easy to substitute other goods.” Mulvaneys optimism, however, is not shared by the business community. “These tariffs will be paid by American families and businesses without doing a thing to solve the very real problems at the border,” said Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer at the US Chamber of Commerce, calling the proposed measures “exactly the wrong move.” David Herring, president of the National Pork Producers Council, said “American pork producers cannot afford retaliatory tariffs from its largest export market, tariffs which Mexico will surely implement.” “We appeal to President Trump to reconsider plans to open a new trade dispute with Mexico,” said Herring.load_file(“/includes-n/article_share.html”);RELATED ARTICLES US willing to talk on tariffs: MexicoMexicos president said Saturday he thinks US officials are prepared to negotiate on President Donald Trumps threat to … Mexican president optimistic about reaching agreement with US on tariffs Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Saturday he was optimistic about reaching an agreement with Washington over … Mnuchin, Lighthizer reportedly oppose Trumps tariffs on MexicoUS Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer opposed President Donald Trumps plan to impose …load_file(“/includes-n/article_most_view.html”);var wxs = (function() {return navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf(micromessenger) !== -1})();if (!wxs) {/* * * CONFIGURATION VARIABLES: EDIT BEFORE PASTING INTO YOUR WEBPAGE * * */var disqus_shortname = globaltimes; // required: replace example with your forum shortnamevar disqus_identifier = 1152875;/* * * DONT EDIT BELOW THIS LINE * * */(function () {var dsq = document.createElement(script); dsq.type = text/javascript; dsq.async = true;dsq.src = https:// + disqus_shortname + .disqus.com/embed.js;(document.getElementsByTagName(head)[0] || document.getElementsByTagName(body)[0]).appendChild(dsq);})();}Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.blog comments powered by Disquswindow._taboola = window._taboola || [];_taboola.push({mode: thumbnails-a,container: taboola-below-article,placement: below article,target_type: mix});load_file(“/includes-n/footer.html”);load_file(“/includes-n/addthis.html”);

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