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Robert Namer
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June 02, 2019

     Mexico is worried.  Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that he and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would meet on Wednesday to discuss the new tariffs announced by President Trump Thursday evening, which would tax all Mexican imports. 

     Ebrard wrote on Twitter earlier Friday afternoon that he was about to board a plane to Washington from Houston, Texas, and had spoken to Pompeo and Trump son-in-law and to senior adviser Jared Kushner on the phone.

     Mr. Trump announced the new tariffs in retaliation for what he says is a failure by the Mexican government to curb an unprecedented flow of Central American families heading toward the U.S. In a statement from the White House on Thursday evening, Mr. Trump said a 5% tariff on imports would take effect June 10 and increase five percentage points every first of the month until October, when the levy would reach 25%.m Spanish.

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