WASHINGTON – Republican Senators sent a sharp message to the White House Tuesday warning them they would oppose President Trump's plans to impose tariffs on Mexican imports just hours after the president said the legislature would be "stupid" to stop him.
Mr. Trump's latest threat – 5 percent tariffs on all goods imported from Mexico until the Mexican government curbs the migration flow – has angered Republican senators who fear their impact on the economy and their home countries. They came out of a lunch in the Capitol, which was furiously informed by a White House attorney, Patrick F. Philbin, and Deputy Attorney General Steven A. Engel about the legal basis for introducing new tariffs by declaring a national emergency had been .
Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, warned lawyers that the Senate could muster an overwhelming majority to cut back on tariffs, even if Mr. Trump should veto a resolution that rejects them. The Republicans may broadly support Mr Trump's move to build a wall and secure the border, but they almost completely reject the imposition of tariffs on Mexico.
"The White House should think about what this vote means This would make Republicans really unwilling to tax American consumers and businesses," Johnson said.
Senator John Cornyn, Republican from Texas, was annoyed: "We hold a gun in front of our heads. "19659002" President Trump had announced a few hours ago that next week he wanted to raise tariffs on Mexican imports to stem the influx of migrants across the southern border.
"I think it's more likely that the tariffs will continue, and we We'll probably be talking in the time when the tariffs will apply and they will be paid, "Trump said at a press conference in London with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Asked if Senate Republicans discussed ways to block tariffs, he said Trump: "I do not think they'll do that."
He said, "I think it's stupid to do that."
Republicans I still hope the tariffs can be avoided Mexico's foreign minister is leading a delegation to Washington this week to try to defuse the situation with the Trump administration.
"There are mi Security is not much support for tariffs, "said Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader. "We hope the tariffs will be avoided and we will not have to answer any hypotheses."
Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, said he "would not be willing to vote against a friend through a tariff." but venturing out that "what you're likely to see is that the Mexican government and our government are finding a way to work together and not reach a tariff."
Others were less confident.
"Said Senator John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana, who spoke to Mr. Trump on Sunday and was confident that the President will continue to raise the rates regardless of concerns." He is as severe as four heart attacks and a stroke. He moves forward. "
Any vote to reject the tariffs would almost certainly mean a presidential veto, meaning that both the House of Representatives and the Senate would need to raise two-thirds of the majority to beat Mr. Trump use the same disapproval request that they tried to prevent the President from obtaining federal funds for a border wall that was not fit for this purpose. This motion was accepted by the Congress with considerable support from the Republicans, but was not sufficient Mr Trump warned White House officials that they should not expect a veto override vote, but Mr. Trump has supporters, and Republicans, especially in the House of Representatives , were reluctant to oppose him in immigration, Senator Marco Rubio from Florida, once a moderate immigration poll politician, turned to Twitter and said he was entitled to use tariffs to force Mexico's hand.
Senator Kevin Cramer, Republican of North Dakota, has expressed his support for the president, and Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who will be re-elected in 2020 and was heavily criticized after a flip-flop earlier this year, voted whether he would reject the president's urgency statement on the construction of the wall.
"I believe Mexico could help us solve the crisis at the border," Tillis told reporters. "How high is the tax on dealing with 80,000 additional illegal immigrants crossing the border, housing them and condemning them? One has to look at the total cost of the prizes."
Representative Hakeem Jeffries from New York, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, told reporters on Tuesday that house democrats still want to "pass by" Mr Trump's new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, an updated North American free trade agreement that could be torpedoed by new tariffs on Mexico, but he declined to predict whether Parliament would try to block tariffs that could stand in the way.
"The problem we face in this country is that the President is often unpredictable in economic policy terms with regard to the use of tariffs, "said Jeffries.
He added:" The tariff policy of the V Administration is unpredictable and everywhere. We will see what the Republicans of the Senate will ultimately decide on, but we will certainly think hard to act in a manner that is appropriate and consistent with our legislative powers. "
Mr. Trump seemed unimpressed when a reporter noted that Mexican officials said they had increased the number of migrants who had come to their country from other Central American countries. He gave no details of what is needed to prevent the imposition of duties.
"Look, millions of people are pouring through Mexico," said Trump. "This is unacceptable."