President Donald Trump on Thursday kept up pressure on Mexico over immigration and tariffs as talks continued in Washington, and said he was looking at deciding on extra levies on Chinese goods at the end of the month.
‘VERY HAPPY’ WITH MEXICO TARIFFS
Trump said he’d be “very happy” to go ahead with the tariffs he’s threatened on Mexican goods — but told reporters “something pretty dramatic could happen” as talks resumed at the White House.
“We’re having a great talk with Mexico. We’ll see what happens,” Trump said in Shannon, Ireland, as he was preparing to depart for a ceremony in France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on all Mexican imports beginning Monday unless the country does more to stop the flow of migrants from Central America toward the U.S. border. An administration official said staff-level meetings would continue at the White House Thursday afternoon. The tariffs are scheduled to begin at 5% but rise gradually to 25% in October.
rose modestly Thursday as investors were monitoring trade tensions with Mexico and China.
The president joined other world leaders at Normandy American Cemetery to honor those who died and participated in the invasion.
In separate comments as he met French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump said he’ll make a decision about slapping 25% tariffs on another $325 billion in Chinese imports after the G-20 summit in Japan.
“I will make that decision I would say over the next few weeks, probably right after the G-20,” said Trump. “I’ll be meeting with [Chinese] President Xi and we’ll see what happens,” he said in Caen, France. The G-20 meeting is scheduled for June 28 and 29 in Osaka, Japan.
Trump has aggressively used tariffs or the threat of them to force negotiations with China and Mexico, resulting in some pushback from Republican lawmakers who view tariffs as counterproductive.
Thursday Trump said of his critics — “senators included” — that “they have no idea what they’re talking about when it comes to tariffs.”
JABS AT PELOSI, MUELLER
While in France Trump spoke with Fox News and took jabs at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Since Mueller spoke publicly on May 29 about the conclusion of his Russia investigation, some Democrats have ramped up calls for impeaching Trump. Pelosi has been resistant to that idea, however. Still, Trump called Pelosi a “disaster.”
“She’s a disaster. Let her do what she wants, you know what? I think they’re in big trouble,” said Trump. Trump said Mueller made “such a fool out of himself” after Democrats suggested statements he made contradicted those by Attorney General William Barr.
Pelosi declined to respond to a new Trump nickname for her, the Hill reported.