Monday, June 03, 2019


"Why Trump’s Mexico tariff idea is widely opposed" PBS NewsHour 5/31/2019


SUMMARY:  President Trump has long praised the use of tariffs, but his new threat to Mexico took many people by surprise.  Trump said he will levy a 5 percent tariff on Mexican imports as of June 10 unless the country curbs immigration to the U.S.  The proposal drew widespread bipartisan criticism from lawmakers, who predicted U.S. consumers would bear its cost.  Yamiche Alcindor joins Amna Nawaz to discuss.

"Why this former U.S. ambassador thinks Trump’s tariffs won’t achieve immigration goals" PBS NewsHour 5/31/2019


SUMMARY:  This spring, around 100,000 migrants per month have been caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.  With a proposed 5 percent tariff on imports from Mexico, one of the largest U.S. trading partners, President Trump wants to leverage economic power to reduce that flow.  But will the strategy work?  Amna Nawaz talks to Ambassador John Feeley, a former U.S. envoy to Panama, for analysis.

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