Mexican officials are meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today in Washington, D.C., to discuss President Trump’s plan to impose a 5% tariff on all imported Mexican goods.
Over time, tariffs could increase to as much as 25%. Trump announced tariffs over what he claims is Mexico’s failure to stem the flow of Central American asylum seekers and migrants into the United States.
Citing potentially devastating consequences to the U.S. economy, Senate Republicans defied the president Tuesday, announcing their opposition to the tariffs.
DemocracyNow.org speaks with Laura Carlsen, director of the Mexico City-based Americas Program of the Center for International Policy.
Meanwhile, Mexican President Obrador is speaking loudly about human rights and investing in Central America to help their economies in the long run to stop the economic and running from violence migrations that are causing harm to everyone. All this while Trump continues to play the Reality Show Blame Game to buttress his re-election with the fear induced populace that is buying his schtick.
Mexico’s proposal is serious and provides long term stability and solutions for the Americas after decades of abuse mainly by profiteers in the USA and their assigns in Central America. Unfortunately, the Trump Blame Game Show offers no vision except to isolate, hide behind walls and pretend it all goes away.
In our newly Globalized world the Trumpian Punishment Isolation Doctrine has no path to success. One nation cannot solve the global challenges. The only choice is cooperation. Punishment and hiding behind walls is NOT going to suffice. We need much more. This is super serious. We need great patriots who care about the USA to understand that being a patriot requires them to be global aware.
We simply cannot let Central America become a failed region in our Americas. And we cannot punish Mexico into destabilization especially after so many positive years of progress. Destabilization will only increase migration. Stability and economic viability will resolve migration… but then again, these solutions are only for serious people. It makes for a lousy TV game show!
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