WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump wants a 20 percent border tax on all imports from Mexico, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Thursday.
Spicer said Trump wanted to use the new tax to fund the proposing wall between the United States and Mexico.
Spicer’s words were spoken hours after Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled the work meeting with President Trump scheduled for next Tuesday in Washington.
Spicer didn’t release any detail about how the new tax will work.
Building a wall at the U.S. southern border with Mexico to be paid by Mexico was one of Trump’s key election campaign pledges. Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to build “a large physical barrier” between the two countries.
Trump reiterated Wednesday during an interview that the wall project will start as soon as possible and financed by Washington, but Mexico will “100 percent” reimburse the United States at “a later date,” which has been rejected by Mexican government for several times. PNA/Xinhua-northboundasia.com