Pelosi: Trump's Mexico tariff threat is a 'distraction' from Mueller report

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE's threat to impose tariffs on all imports from Mexico is just a "distraction" from the Mueller report.

“I don’t even think it rises to the level of policy, it’s notion-mongering, again,” she said at a press conference. “Let’s face what it is: It’s a distraction from the Mueller report.” 

More Democrats have called for the House to begin impeachment proceedings for Trump after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE said at a press conference last week that his 448-page report does not exonerate the president.


He said that if his office “had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”

The day after Mueller's public remarks, Trump announced a 5 percent tariff on all imports from Mexico, starting June 10 "until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP."

Vice President Pence on Wednesday is scheduled to meet with top Mexican officials who are hoping to persuade the Trump administration to reconsider the planned tariffs, which have drawn bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill.