President Donald Trump warned on Thursday April 4th that he would impose tariffs on cars coming from Mexico to the US, unless Mexicans do more to stop the flow of migrants and drugs to the US, abandoning his last week’s threat to immediately seal the southern border, AP has reported.
In his latest backtrack in recent days, Trump told reporters he would try the "less drastic measure" before resorting to his standing border-closure threat.
"Mexico understands that we're going to close the border or I'm going to tariff the cars. I'll do one or the other. And probably start off with the tariffs," Trump said. He added later: "I don't think we'll ever have to close the border because the penalty of tariffs on cars coming into the United States from Mexico, at 25 percent, will be massive."
It was the latest sudden attempt by a president struggling to solve what his administration has called a border "crisis." And it was a dramatic departure for Trump, who last week tweeted that he would close the border or large parts of it this week, unless Mexico immediately halted "ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States", which is a seemingly impossible task.
However, since then, White House advisers, border city leaders and US economists have warned that such a move would have serious economic repercussion on both sides of the border, interrupting supply chains and boosting US consumer prices on all commodities.