As the United States’ trade battle with China rages on, President Donald Trump took to Twitter late Thursday to announce that he would implement a 5 percent tariff on imports from Mexico starting June 10.
Trump said he would implement the tariff on imports from Mexico starting June 10, “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico… STOP.”
“On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP,” Trump tweeted.
Trump said the new five percent tariff “will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied, at which time the Tariffs will be removed.”
….at which time the Tariffs will be removed. Details from the White House to follow.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2019
Mexico is the United States’s biggest trading partner, having replaced China at the top spot amid an ongoing trade war between the two nations.
In a lengthy statement released by the White House, Trump warned that he plans to raise the tariffs on the first of each month until October — where they would permanently remain at 25 percent:
Should Mexico choose not to cooperate on reducing unlawful migration, the sustained imposition of Tariffs will produce a massive return of jobs back to American cities and towns. Remember, our great country has been the “piggy bank” from which everybody wants only to TAKE. The difference is that now we are firmly and forcefully standing up for America’s interests.
We have confidence that Mexico can and will act swiftly to help the United States stop this long-term, dangerous, and deeply unfair problem. The United States has been very good to Mexico for many years. We are now asking that Mexico immediately do its fair share to stop the use of its territory as a conduit for illegal immigration into our country.