WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump said Friday that moving ahead with his decision to impose tariffs on all Mexican imports and the possibility of canceling them is contingent on Mexico controlling its borders to stop illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
“The authorities in Mexico must regain their country from princes and cartels of drugs,” Trump said in a series of tweets on his official Twitter account.
“Ninety percent of the drugs smuggled into the US come from Mexico and our southern border, and 80,000 have died and 1,000,000 have been destroyed,” he added. “This has been going on for many years and nothing has been done about it.” Trump noted that Mexico has earned a fortune from the US for decades, adding, “They can easily solve this problem, it’s time for them to do what needs to be done.” On Thursday, the US president imposed a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican imports in an effort to pressure them to do more to counter the wave of Central American migrants trying to cross the US border illegally.
Trump issued a decision earlier this May abolishing tariffs imposed by the US last year on imports of steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico so that the two countries in return for the fees imposed on US goods.
The USMCA tripartite trade agreement signed with Canada and Mexico last November is expected to replace the former NAFTA agreement if it wins a majority of votes in Congress.
Source: Kuwait News Agency