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Mulvaney: Trump is ‘deadly serious’ about Mexico tariffs

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Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on Mexico over immigration Sunday as a top aide warned that the US president is “deadly serious” about slapping tariffs on imports from the southern neighbor.

The attacks came despite efforts at conciliation by Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who said Saturday US officials were willing to “reach agreements and compromises.”

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“People have been saying for years that we should talk to Mexico. The problem is that Mexico is an ‘abuser’ of the United States, taking but never giving,” Trump said in a series of tweets Sunday.

Unless Mexico stops the “invasion,” he warned, he would use tariffs to bring back “companies and jobs that have been foolishly allowed to move South of the Border.”

Trump’s surprise threat this week to slap tariffs on all Mexico imports, beginning at five percent on June 10 and rising to as high as 25 percent, shocked Republican allies in Congress.

It also rattled world markets, already shaky over trade war fears.

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The New York Times reported that the move — pushed by immigration hardliners — was opposed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, a key White House intermediary with Mexico.

But Mick Mulvaney, the White House chief of staff, said Trump was “absolutely deadly serious” about proceeding with tariffs.

“I fully expect these tariffs to go into at least a five percent level on June 10,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”

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Mulvaney said Kushner and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would meet with Mexican representatives in Washington this week, as would Lighthizer, to spell out what the Mexicans could do to avoid the tariffs.

The number of migrants reaching the US border is “huge, the situation is real and the president is deadly serious about fixing the problem,” he said.


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New Jersey man indicted as possible Hezbollah terrorist who wanted to bomb FBI, bridges and tunnels

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NBC investigative reporter Tom Winter reported Thursday that the U.S. Attorneys office in New York has indicted a New Jersey man who was scouting locations to bomb in the United States in the name of Hezbollah.

According to NBC News, Alexei Saab was arrested in July after he was discovered to be scouting locations like the FBI building in New York, bridges and tunnels in New Jersey and New York, Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square, as well as some targets in Boston and Washington, D.C. like Fenway Park.

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‘No comment’: Ukraine president won’t say if Trump personally asked for his country’s help with Joe Biden

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Al-Monitor reporter Laura Rozen tweeted a list of all of the foreign leaders that President Donald Trump called from June to August 12, 2019. Of those leaders, House committee chairs said they intend to look specifically at a July 25 conversation between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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The Independent reported Wednesday that Trump allegedly told Zelensky to "reopen" an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Republican congressman collapses in capital rotunda moments before going on Fox Business

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According to Samantha-Jo Roth of NY1, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) collapsed in the Cannon House Office Building Rotunda as he was about to go on air with Fox News.

The police and members of the media quickly came to his aid until he was conscious.

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“I’m back,” Reed told police officers who came up to assist him.

According to Roth, he is speaking and conscious.

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