Lindsey Graham: I’m all for Tariffs if it Fixes Immigration Problem

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox News’ Shannon Bream Tuesday night that he will endorse tariffs on Mexico if it fixes the immigration problem. Graham cited loopholes in U.S. asylum laws that perpetuate the ongoing border crisis. Moreover, Graham said the blame should be on Congress and the Mexican government. Graham said if Mexico refuses to cooperate with the U.S. “then we won’t do tariffs.”

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer called it “all talk” Tuesday. President Trump responded on Twitter saying, “Can you imagine Cryin’ Chuck Schumer saying out loud, for all to hear, that I am bluffing with respect to putting Tariffs on Mexico. What a creep. He would rather have our Country fail with drugs and immigration than give Republicans a win. But he gave Mexico bad advice, no bluff!”

In an effort to now hold the Mexican government accountable, the White House held a meeting Wednesday to discuss its proposal with a Mexican delegation. Several Republican lawmakers have pushed back on the Trump Administration’s push for tariffs. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) being one of them. On Tuesday, McConnell told reporters, “There is not much support in my conference for tariffs, that’s for sure.” Similarly, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer Wednesday that he’s “worried about tariffs.”