Senator Roy Blunt issued a statement on Sunday in which he said that President Trump’s use of tariffs in the negotiations with Mexico sends a warning to China in the current trade war between the two countries.
“I think the biggest message here is not to Mexico but to China that the president is clearly willing to use tariffs. The president believes tariffs are a significant positive economic tool … something he has always said should be part of our arsenal,’’ said Blunt as he had an interview on “Face The Nation’’ on CBS.
Blunt was also asked about the reports that many of the provisions had been reached already in March, to which he responded: “I don’t know that they were.’’
“No deal is done till it’s done and announced,’’ said Blunt as he cited the last-moment collapse of the talks between the United States and China after China officials backtracked on earlier responsibilities on piracy and intellectual property.
President Donald Trump stated that the promised 5 percent tariffs on imports would be suspended after Mexico had committed to taking further action on border enforcement on Friday.
According to The Hill, Blunt praised the Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador for their part in the negotiations as well as remarks by Lopez Obrador at a rally Saturday.
“The new president of Mexico has surprised me with his willingness to reach out,’’ said Blunt as he called the deal a big win for both sides.
Mexican President Lopez Obrador praised the resolution of the talks with Mexican foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard in the Saturday rally in Tijuana, as he said that the country emerged from the talks with its dignity intact.