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Arizona governor on Trump’s Mexico tariffs: National security should be ‘above commerce’

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) on Thursday evening appeared to voice opposition to President Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on all imported Mexican goods, while saying he values “national security” over “commerce.”

Trump announced that the U.S. would soon implement 5 percent tariffs on all Mexican goods imported to the U.S. until Mexico’s government stems the tide of people migrating to the U.S. illegally.

In several tweets, the border-state governor reiterated his long-standing opposition to the Trump administration’s past tariff action targeting China and other countries, and urged Congress to pass the president’s newly negotiated trade deal between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

{mosads}”I’ve talked with the White House today. Everyone knows I am opposed to tariffs and deeply value Arizona’s relationship with Mexico. I prioritize national security and a solution to our humanitarian crisis at the border above commerce,” he wrote.

“We’ve reached out tonight to our friends in Mexico to see where elected leaders, law enforcement and the faith community can work together to alleviate this crisis,” Ducey added. “It’s long past time for Congress to act, both on border security as well as USMCA, which was introduced today and will have substantial long-term benefit to all of our economies.”

Ducey’s remarks followed an announcement from the president hours earlier asserting that tariffs implemented in early June on Mexico would gradually increase until Mexico’s government completed a significant reduction of the number of migrants passing through the country on the way to the U.S. border.

“On June 10th, the United States will impose a 5% Tariff on all goods coming into our Country from Mexico, until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP. The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied,” Trump tweeted Thursday evening.

Trump’s action was slammed by other Republicans including Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who said that the president was misusing the White House’s tariff authority.

“Trade policy and border security are separate issues. This is a misuse of presidential tariff authority and counter to congressional intent,” the Iowa Republican said in a statement Thursday.

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