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Friday, January 27, 2017
Trump proposal triggers clash with Mexico
of all non-agricultural goods
enter the U.S. duty free, ac-
cording to the office of the U.S.
Trade Representative. The oth-
er half face import tariffs aver-
aging 2 percent.
Mexico is one of America’s
biggest trade partners, and the
U.S. is the No. 1 buyer from that
country, accounting for about
80 percent of Mexican exports.
A complete rupture in ties could
be damaging to the U.S. econo-
my and disastrous for Mexico’s.
And major harm to Mexico’s
economy would surely spur
more people to risk deportation,
jail or even death to somehow
cross the border to the U.S. —
undercutting Trump’s major
goal of stopping illegal immigra-
Trump’s election campaign,
though he never specified how
Mexico would fund the project
or how he would compel pay-
ments if Pena Nieto’s govern-
The two leaders had been
scheduled to discuss the matter
at the White House next week.
But Pena Nieto took to Twitter
on Thursday to say he had in-
formed the White House he
would not be coming.
In a speech in Philadelphia
later Thursday, Trump cast the
cancellation as a mutual deci-
sion. He said that “unless Mex-
ico is going to treat the United
States fairly, with respect, such a
meeting would be fruitless, and I
want to go a different route. We
have no choice.”
On the flight back to Wash-
ington, Trump’s spokesman told
reporters the president was con-
sidering the 20 percent import
tax to foot the bill, the most spe-
cific proposal Trump has ever
floated for howto cover a project
estimated to cost between $12
billion and $15 billion.
“By doing that, we can do $10
billion a year and easily pay for
the wall just through that mech-
anism alone,” Spicer said. “This
By Julie Pace
and Mark Stevenson
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Deter-
mined to wall off America’s bor-
der with Mexico, President
Donald Trump triggered a dip-
lomatic clash and a fresh fight
over trade Thursday as the
White House proposed a 20
percent tax on imports from the
key U.S. ally and Mexican Presi-
dent Enrique Pena Nieto
abruptly scrapped next week’s
trip to Washington.
The swift fallout signaled a
remarkable souring of relations
between Washington and one of
its most important international
partners just days into the new
The U.S. and Mexico con-
duct some $1.6 billion a day in
cross-border trade, and cooper-
ate on everything from migra-
tion to anti-drug enforcement to
major environmental issues.
At the heart of the dispute is
Trump’s insistence that Mexico
will pay for construction of the
massive wall he has promised
along the southern U.S. border.
Trump on Wednesday formally
ordered construction of the wall.
The plan was a centerpiece of
House GOP lawmakers and
aides interpreted Spicer’s com-
ments on a 20 percent border
tax as an endorsement of a key
plank of their own tax plan,
which Speaker Paul Ryan has
been working to sell to the presi-
Jose Luis Magana/AP
President Donald Trump walks on the tarmac as he waves to the crowd upon his arrival at
Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Thursday.
is something that we’ve been in now we are focused on Mexico.” percent import tax was one idea
close contact with both houses But the announcement in “a buffet of options” to pay for
in moving forward and creating sparked immediate confusion the border wall.
across Washington, and the A 20 percent tariff would
Spicer said Trump was White House tried to backtrack, represent a huge tax increase
looking at taxing imports on all During a hastily arranged brief- on imports to the U.S., raising
countries the U.S. has trade def- ing in the West Wing, chief of the likelihood of costs being
icits with, but he added, “Right staff Reince Priebus said a 20 passed on to consumers. Half
The House GOP ‘border ad-
justability” approach would tax
imports and exempt exports as a
way of trying to help U.S. export-
ers and raise revenue.
Video appears to show officer push teen
ACROSS THE STATE
documents showing the officer
had been disciplined for a previ-
ous use of force complaint when
he allegedly used a Taser on a
black teenager to end a chase.
Police spokeswoman Tamara
Valle said the department could
not authenticate the video or the
disciplinary report at this time.
Also Thursday, Fort Worth
police said they had dropped all
charges against Craig and her
19-year-old daughter, Brea Hy-
mond, who had recorded the in-
teractions between Craig and
Officer William Martin in a sep-
arate video they posted on Face-
book in December. Attorneys for
Craig said at a Thursday after-
noon news conference that related to Craig’s son. Vardi did
charges also had been dropped not immediately return a call
against Craig’s 15-year-old seeking comment.
Jacqueline Craig’s attorneys
The daughters were charged said they had hoped for more se-
with resisting arrest and inter- rious charges against the neigh-
fering with public duties. Jac- bor. They called the misde-
queline Craig was charged with meanor ticket “a slap in the face,”
resisting arrest, failure to identi- noting the boy visited the emer-
fy herself as a fugitive and three gency room and was given med-
outstanding traffic warrants. ication after the injury prevent-
The AP doesn’t typically ed him from sleeping,
identify juveniles accused of The bodycam footage pro-
crimes, but the family and the vided by Craig’s attorneys also
teen have spoken out publicly. depicts Martin pushing Hy-
Police also said Thursday mond’s arms, which were hand-
that the neighbor, Itamar Vardi, cuffed, above her head from be-
has been issued a citation for hind when she refuses to answer
misdemeanor assault by contact his question.
Single UT department
runs $15M deficit
An internal audit has re-
vealed that a single department
at the University of Texas has
run a deficit of $15 million and
officials say the number could
grow to $25 million.
A copy of the audit shows
UT’s Information Technology
Services department ran the $15
million deficit by the end of Au-
gust. The department provides
software support, computer se-
curity and other services.
— The Associated Press
Nelson cancels shows
By Claudia Lauer
DALLAS — Bodycam video
from a white Fort Worth police
officer who was suspended for
wrestling a black woman and
her daughter to the ground ap-
pears to show the officer using
his foot to push the 15-year-old
girl into a police car.
The footage was provided to
The Associated Press on Thurs-
day from attorneys representing
Jacqueline Craig, who had
called police last month to re-
port that a neighbor choked her
7-year-old son for allegedly lit-
tering in his yard. The attorneys
also provided internal affairs
Country music icon Willie
Nelson is canceling two Las Ve-
gas shows due to illness.
Nelson’s publicist, Elaine
Schock, said Thursday that Nel-
son has a bad cold and won’t
play Saturday or Sunday.
He plans to play the remain-
ing three shows — Feb. \ 3 and 4
— at The Venetian resort on the
Las Vegas Strip.
The canceled shows have not
been rescheduled, and ticket-
holders were advised to seek re-
funds from the point of pur-
daughter, Jacques Craig.
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