Mexican president lashes out at Trump, says ‘America first’ is a fallacy


AND THIS IS “THE DAILY BRIEFING.” BUT FIRST, PRESIDENT TRUMP TURNING UP THE PRESSURE ON MEXICO, THREATENING NEW TARIFFS UNTIL IT TAKES STRONGER ACTION TO STOP THE FLOW OF MIGRANTS TO OUR SOUTHERN BORDER. KEVIN?>>Reporter: DANA, THE PRESIDENT’S FRUSTRATION BOILED OVER. HE IS TAKING AIM DIRECTLY AT MEXICO FOR WHAT HE FEELS IS QUITE FRANKLY PASSIVE COOPERATION IN BRINGING THIS MASS MIGRATION OVER THE BORDER. HE SAID THIS ON TWITTER, MEXICO HAS TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE UNITED STATES FOR DECADES BECAUSE OF THE DEMS, OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS ARE BAD. MEXICO MAKES A FORTUNE FROM THE U.S. THEY CAN EASILY FIX THIS PROBLEM. THEY MUST DO WHAT MUST BE DONE. IF THEY DON’T, IT WOULD BE SIGNIFICANT. 5% TARIFF, ALL THE WAY UP TO 25% ON OCTOBER 1ST. ONE SINGLE INSTANCE, YOU PROBABLY SEE THIS, MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE WERE APPREHENDED ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER. THAT’S ON TOP OF THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WHO HAVE ALREADY COME ACROSS OUR BORDER THIS YEAR, AND THE YEAR BEFORE, AND THE YEAR BEFORE, PLUS THE MILLIONS WHO COME HERE LEGALLY. THE MESSAGE IS OBVIOUSLY CLEAR. MEXICO HAS TO HELP OR THEY’LL PAY A HEAVY PRICE.>>WE’RE ASKING MEXICO TO ENFORCE THEIR OWN LAWS TO HELP STOP THE PEOPLE COMING IN FROM CENTRAL AMERICA. WE’VE SEEN A MASSIVE INFLUX OF PEOPLE COMING FROM THAT REGION. THEY HAVE THE ABILITY AND THE LEGAL AUTHORITY WITH WHICH TO DEAL WITH IT. WE’RE SIMPLY ASKING THEM TO DO SO.>>Reporter: THIS MAY SURPRISE YOU. ON CAPITOL HILL, PUSH BACK FROM REPUBLICANS. SENATOR JONI ERNST SAID WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE UNPRECEDENTED FLOW OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS COMING ACROSS OUR BORDER DAY IN AND DAY OUT AND IT’S IMPERATIVE THAT MEXICO HELP STOP THE STREAM OF THESE MIGRANTS. THAT BEING SAID, HERE’S THE KEY, DANA, THE LIVELIHOOD OF IOWA FARMERS AND PRODUCERS ARE AT STAKE. HOW ABOUT MEXICO’S PRESIDENT? WELL, HE HAS A STRONG TAKE ON THIS AS WELSH ALTHOUGH HE APPEARS TO BE QUESTIONING THE VALIDITY OF NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY WITH PART OF HIS STATEMENT. HE SAID, LISTEN, PRESIDENT TRUMP’S SOCIAL PROBLEMS ARE NOTED RESOLVED WITH TAXES OR COERCIVE MEASURES. HE SAID THE STATUE OF LIBERTY IS NOT AN EMPTY SYMBOL. THE SLOGAN AMERICA FIRST IS A FALLACY BECAUSE EVEN UNTIL THE END OF TIME, JUSTICE AND UNIVERSAL FRATERNITY WILL PREVAIL ABOVE NATIONAL BORDERS. NO WORD ON WHEN MEXICO’S TRADE REPS WILL BE HERE. WE EXPECT THEY WILL BE MAKING THEIR WAY HERE SOON. I EXPECT TO PASS MORE ALONG.

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