Republicans push back on Trump's Mexico tariff threat

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Published on June 5, 2019 - Duration: 00:42s

Republicans push back on Trump's Mexico tariff threat

President Trump is facing resistance within his own Republican Party over his threatened tariffs on Mexican goods.

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Republicans push back on Trump's Mexico tariff threat

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Trump is facing resistance within his own Republican Party over his threatened tariffs on Mexican goods.

Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, predicted that the United States and Mexico would strike a deal to avert the tariffs.

Grassley represents the farming state of Iowa, which exports pork and other agriculture products to Mexico and might be hit by Mexican retaliation in a prolonged trade dispute.

Trump unexpectedly told Mexico last week to take a harder line on curbing illegal immigration or face 5% tariffs on all its exports to the United States, rising to as much as 25% later in the year.

Mexican officials will seek to persuade the White House in talks hosted by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday that their government has done enough to stem immigration and avoid looming tariffs.

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