Republican senators opposes Trump’s plan to impose new tariffs on Mexico

GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Republican senators voiced out their opposition to President Donald Trump’s plan to impose new tariffs on Mexico, during a private lunch with White House and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials on Tuesday.

A person who was present at the lunch told CNN that a number of GOP senators stood and expressed their position that Trump’s decision was unwise. They insisted that the President should brief them first before making any declaration regarding the matter.

Last week, Senate Republicans were blindsided when the President tweeted his threat to implement a 5 percent tariff on all U.S. imports from Mexico starting June 10 and will gradually increase until the illegal immigration stops.

In another tweet, Trump said Mexico has been an “abuser of the United States, taking but never giving…for decades.” He added that tariffs will bring back jobs into the U.S.

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On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said, “There is not much support in my conference for tariffs — that’s for sure.”