President Donald Trump is calling for a 20 percent tax on all imports from Mexico to pay for his administration’s massive border wall, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Thursday.
The 20 percent tax will be part of a larger tax reform package that Trump will be lobbying for.Trump signed two sweeping executive orders on Wednesday authorizing the building a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The orders also killed the Obama administration’s “catch-and-release” policy, sanctuary cities and calls for a massive increase in Border Patrol and ICE agents.
Trump has repeatedly insisted that Mexico will “pay for the wall,” even as Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has forcefully denied it.Nieto even cancelled his Jan. 31 meeting with President Trump over the border wall dispute.”If Mexico is unwilling to pay for the badly needed wall, then it would be better to cancel the upcoming meeting,” Trump recently tweeted.
So Nieto cancelled.“This morning we informed the White House that I will not attend the working meeting scheduled for next Tuesday with @POTUS,” Nieto tweeted in response. “Mexico reiterates its willingness to work with the United States to reach agreements on behalf of both nations.” The border wall battle is likely not over yet.