Trump says progress needed to stop tar­iff plan

The News-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

Strain­ing to stave off threat­ened U.S. tar­iffs, Mex­i­can and Amer­i­can of­fi­cials claimed progress in White House talks, but Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Thurs­day that a “lot of progress” must be made to halt the im­port taxes he is hold­ing out as a way to force Mex­ico to stanch the flow of Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants flooding Amer­ica’s south­ern bor­der.

Talks were to re­sume later Thurs­day. Un­der­scor­ing the scope of the bor­der prob­lem, the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity an­nounced sep­a­rately that U.S. Bor­der Patrol ap­pre­hen­sions of mi­grants il­le­gally cross­ing the bor­der hit the high­est level in more than a decade in May: 132,887 ap­pre­hen­sions, in­clud­ing a record 84,542 adults and chil­dren to­gether, 36,838 sin­gle adults and 11,507 chil­dren trav­el­ing alone.

Trump, re­new­ing his threat of im­port taxes on all Mex­i­can goods, tweeted from Ire­land that the Wash­ing­ton talks would con­tinue “with the un­der­stand­ing that, if no agree­ment is reached, Tar­iffs at the 5% level will be­gin on Mon­day, with monthly in­creases as per sched­ule.”

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