US citizens to pay for Mexico’s Wall under Trump’s Bizarre Tariff plan
In Australia, you can (apparently) choose between a deposit for your first home or a smashed avocado sanga, but in the US, citizens are about to discover that the price of avocados can soar a lot higher.
President Trump has announced that the US will introduce a new 20% tariff on goods imported from Mexico to pay for the controversial “Wall” that will separate the US from its neighbour.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Air Force One Thursday that Trump was backing the proposal and had just discussed it with congressional Republicans in a private meeting.
Spicer dodged reporters’ questions about the impact of the border tax on American consumers, instead stressing the tax’s benefits for American workers.
“I’m not going to get into it,” he added when pressed about businesses that manufacture goods in Mexico passing along the tax to American consumers.
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, Mexico is the top foreign supplier to the US, so any such tariff is only going to increase the prices paid for these goods by US citizens.
In 2014, the U.S. bought $5.4 billion of vegetables and $4.7 billion of fruit from its southern neighbour. Just last week, Mexico shipped 53 million pounds of avocados to the US alone. That’s a lot of guacamole.
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) January 25, 2017
The move follows a recent ‘not-so-subtle announcement’ from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto that his government has little inclination to subsidise the construction of the barrier along the border.