A far-fledged former US diplomat asked last Friday whether President Donald Trump adopted the right strategy by threatening Mexico with a new tariff due to immigration issues.
On Thursday, Trump announced that his country is planning to impose a 5% all Mexican imports from June 10. In a statement, he attributed the unexpected move to a "border crisis" that led America to "be invaded by hundreds of thousands of people". He even suggested that he could raise the tarif at Mexico's last 25% by October 1 this year if the country did not sufficiently stop the migrants' flow to the United States
Speaking to CNBC's "Street Signs" on Thursday evening American time John Negroponte questioned whether Trump's movement would have the desired effect.
"I think it's both poorly political and poorly economical, and I don't think it really helps solve the immigration problem, which is what Mr. Trump said he is trying to attack," Negroponte, current vice-president of consulting firm McLarty Associates and former US Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the UN and Iraq.
For its part, Mexico has said that it would not respond well to economic threats.
In a letter addressed to Trump, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he did not want a confrontation and that leaders have a responsibility to seek peaceful solutions to controversy. 9007] John Negroponte, July 1
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