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Grassley: Mexico Tariffs Are an Abuse of Presidential Authority

The trade war with China intensified this week as the Chinese warned the US about their ability to fight back. The president doubled down on tariffs, now threatening to impose measures on Mexico in retaliation for issues at the border.

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While all Americans are feeling some pain from the trade war, farm rich states like Iowa are affected the most. Iowan senator, Chuck Grassley slammed the proposed Mexican tariffs, referring to them as an abuse of presidential authority.

In a strongly worded statement, the senator wrote, “Trade policy and border security are separate issues. This is a misuse of presidential tariff authority and counter to congressional intent. Following through on this threat would seriously jeopardize passage USMCA, a central campaign pledge of President Trump’s and what could be a big victory for the country.”

Grassley offered alternatives to the tariffs such as a Safe Third Country Agreement. He also proposed charging a remittance fee on money that leaves the states for Mexico.

The senator finished his statement, “Democrats should come to the table in a reasonable way and work to put an end to the security and humanitarian crisis on the border. I support nearly every one of President Trump’s immigration policies, but this is not one of them. I urge the president to consider other options.”

Joni Ernst, Iowa’s other senator, also recently discussed the effect of the president’s tariffs on her state. She told CNN, “But as we have heard from our farmers, they do want us to find a path forward with China. The tariffs are hurtful right now, but the President will continue negotiating. We hope that we can get a deal soon.”



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