Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on Monday said he will not attend a planned January 31 meeting with President Donald Trump, just hours after Trump tweeted the meeting should be canceled if Mexico won't pay for a border wall. Putting a tariff upon goods moving from Mexico to the United States means that it is the people in the US, who are paying the tariff.
Some saw White House press secretary Sean Spicer's words to reporters on Air Force One, which caused controversy before being described by chief of staff Reince Priebus as one of a "buffet of options", as an embrace of the tax reform goals of House speaker Paul Ryan.
If you now pay $1.10 at the supermarket for an avocado imported from Mexico now-which is a relatively low estimate compared to what people pay in some parts of the country-you could soon be paying $1.32.
It seems likely that Spicer meant the White House is warming to a House Republican plan that would impose a 20% tax on all imported goods.
The White House on Wednesday raised the possibility that it could pay for a border wall with a 20% tariff on all goods coming in from Mexico, the latest salvo in an escalating feud between President Trump and the U.S.'s southern neighbor that could escalate into a trade war.
"Theyve made us look foolish".
The order calls for agency and department heads to identify all sources of direct and indirect federal aid or assistance to Mexico on an annual basis for the past five years.
During the campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to build a "big lovely wall" on the southern border.
"President Trump is playing around with everybody, throwing around smoke balls".
"Now we have to deliver", Trump said.
The comments came on another packed day for the Trump administration, and a tumultuous one regarding immigration and Mexico policy.
"Mexico has taken advantage of the US for long enough", Trump tweeted today.
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto said he regretted and disapproved of his United States counterpart's push to build the barrier.
Trump quickly fired back, repeating his position that Mexico saddles the United States with criminals, illegal immigrants and unfair trade. "Consider the impact on American consumers of a 20% hike in the cost of foods such as bananas, mangoes and other products that we simply can not grow in the United States". Some media reports have estimated that his proposed wall could cost anywhere from $5.1 billion to $25 billion to build it, excluding maintenance costs. Nieto, while canceling the meeting, also insisted his nation will not fund the project, which could cost $12 billion or more.