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A Tariff Threat Against Mexico Could Be Trump's Riskiest Yet

May 31, 2019 | 19:36 GMT
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders walks with Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley following a press conference on May 31, 2019.
Over the past year, U.S. President Donald Trump has made immigration a clear priority for his administration in an effort to shore up support ahead of the 2020 election. On May 30, he threatened to impose tariffs of up to 25 percent on all Mexican imports unless Mexico took "substantial" action to stem the flow of migrants crossing the U.S. border. 
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U.S. President Donald Trump has made immigration a clear priority as he gears up for his re-election in 2020. After shutting down the government in December in a bid to fund his U.S.-Mexico border wall, Trump is now threatening an unprecedented tariff hike on Mexican imports in the hopes of getting Mexico City to stem the increasing number of Central American migrants showing up at Washington's southern doorstep. However, combined with the president's ongoing disputes with other key U.S. trade partners, a full-blown trade war with Mexico could be the final straw that pushes the United States into a recession. ...

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