Never one to mince words, especially as “Chuck and Nancy” are concerned, President Trump ripped into Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer as a “creep” in a recent tweet, after Schumer said that he believed the president was bluffing about proposed immigration-related tariffs on Mexican imports.
In the Tweet that Trump sent the other day, while still visiting the UK, the president said, “Can you imagine Cryin’ Chuck Schumer saying out loud, for all to hear, that I am bluffing with respect to putting Tariffs on Mexico. What a Creep.”
Trump then added, “He would rather have our Country fail with drugs & Immigration than give Republicans a win. But he gave Mexico bad advice, no bluff!”
Tariffs Set to Start on June 10
The acerbic tweet was in response to Schumer saying on the Senate floor that he expects Trump to back off his call to levy tariffs on Mexican imports.
“Frankly, I don’t believe President Trump will actually go through with the tariffs,” Schumer said in his remarks. “President Trump has a habit of proposing asinine and dangerous policies before backing off,” he added.
Trump has proposed putting a 5% tariff on Mexican imports beginning later in June if the country doesn’t stop illegal immigrants from crossing the border with the US. It will then increase every month by 5%, the White House said.
In the meantime, Mexico is stepping off its efforts to stem the tide of immigration, and avoid the tariffs. Faced with Trump’s threat to impose the escalating tariffs on Mexican goods beginning Monday June 10, Mexican officials have pledged to deploy up to 6,000 National Guard troops to the country’s border region with Guatemala, a show of force they say will make immediate reductions in the number of Central Americans heading north toward the U.S. border.
Talks continue between Mexican and the U.S. official who are in the process of negotiating a sweeping plan to overhaul asylum rules across the region, a move that would require Central Americans to seek refuge in the first foreign country they set foot upon after fleeing their homeland.