Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) announced his support of President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on Mexico, breaking with Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) who revealed there was “not much” support for the tariffs amongst Senate Republicans.
In a tweet published early Wednesday morning, Rubio backed the president’s proposed tariff on Mexican goods in an effort to get Mexico to curb the flow of migrants traveling through their country to attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, breaking from his party.
His tweet came a day after McConnell told reporters that “there is not much support in my conference for tariffs.”
“I don’t generally like tariffs either. But what alternative do my GOP colleagues have to get
#Mexico to secure its southern border,” wrote the Florida senator, who sits on the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. “Use the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to screen northbound rail cars & vehicles & act on intel we provide on human traffickers?”
I don’t generally like tariffs either. But what alternative do my GOP colleagues have to get #Mexico to secure its southern border,use the Isthmus of Tehuantepec to screen northbound rail cars & vehicles & act on intel we provide on human traffickers? https://t.co/9qNiRN4Mek
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 5, 2019
On Tuesday, Trump announced that he would be moving forward on placing a 5% tariff on Mexican goods starting June 10, which will rise to a 25% tariff on October 1 if Mexico does not act to end the crisis taking place at the U.S.-Mexico border.
He has received mixed reviews on his plan from Republican lawmakers but did not shy away from telling reporters on Tuesday that it would be “foolish” of the Republicans on the Hill to try to block his tariffs.
The president did find support in the House, with House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) calling on Republicans in the Senate to support Trump’s tariff on Wednesday.
Rubio has agreed with Trump’s foreign policy stances before.
As IJR Red previously reported, the senior senator from Florida lauded Trump’s handling of the crisis in Venezuela, saying that Venezuelan Dictator Nicolás Maduro made a powerful enemy in the president.