DES MOINES – Another announcement from the president about tariffs isn’t sitting well with many Iowa leaders.
Last week, President Trump said that he would impost escalating tariffs on all goods shipped from Mexico into the United States. He connected the decision to the immigration crisis at the border, saying that if Mexico doesn’t stop the flow of illegal immigrants coming into the U.S., more tariffs will come.
Gov. Kim Reynolds told reporters on Tuesday that she thinks Trump should be focusing his time on shoring up the USMCA trade deal.
“You know, it’s critical that we get the USMCA ratified,” said Reynolds. “We need Congress to act. He needs to be a part of it. The timeline is sensitive. And those are our number one and two trading partners. Yes, I agree that we need to secure the border, we need to fix a broken immigration system. We need parties on both sides of the aisle to sit down at the table and address this and quit putting politics forward. Tariffs right now, I think potentially disrupt us getting the USMCA ratified. And so I really believe that that is where the focus needs to be. And I’m just concerned about when he implements things like that the impact that it has on our ability to get that done. So that’s the conversations that I’ll have with him when I get chance to sit down with him on his visit.”
President Trump is coming to Iowa on June 11.