Trump backs off border closure, says tariffs instead

April 4, 2019

President Trump backed off his immediate threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border, saying Thursday that he’s going to turn to tariffs instead.

The president said Mexico must step up on two fronts it must immediately start blocking illegal immigrants coming from Central America and, over the next year, it must prove it is stopping the flow of drugs crossing the border.

“If Mexico doesn’t give the help, that’s OK. We’re going to tariff their cars coming into the United States,” Mr. Trump said.

“If in a year from now drugs continue to pour in, we’re going to put tariffs on,” he added.