While appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Mulvaney — who also serves as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget — was asked by host Chris Wallace on whether or not the president “really mean[t] it” when he threatened to impose tariffs on Mexico by June 10 if they did not deal with the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mulvaney responded by saying that Trump was “absolutely, deadly serious” on setting a minimum five percent tariff on Mexico and addressing the crisis at the southern border.
“He’s absolutely, deadly serious. In fact, I fully expect these tariffs to go on at least the five percent level on June 10,” said Mulvaney. “The president is deadly serious about fixing the situation at the southern border.”
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Mick Mulvaney on the President's threat to impose tariffs on Mexico:
He is absolutely, deadly serious. I fully expect these tariffs to go on to at least the 5 percent level on June 10th the President is deadly serious about fixing the situation at the southern border. #FNS pic.twitter.com/edZNTteiEW
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) June 2, 2019
The acting White House chief pointed out that the conversation regarding securing the southern border has been going on for “months” and that “very few people believed” the Trump administration when they labeled the crisis as an “emergency situation.”
Mulvaney also noted that the Democrats straight-up “refused to believe the facts six months ago” and that the border saw a massive 1,000 person group “walk across the border just in the last couple of days.”
1,036 individuals were apprehended by El Paso Sector Border Patrol as part of a large group yesterday morning. This is the largest group ever encountered illegally crossing the border. All the individuals were from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. https://t.co/bAIYh4XRFf pic.twitter.com/HybMuBvcTj
— CBP (@CBP) May 30, 2019
As IJR Red previously reported, the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan warned the Senate Homeland Security that the massive numbers of people trying to cross into the country at the border were forcing DHS to release “100 percent” of immigrant families caught crossing illegally into the U.S.
As IJR Red also noted, from October to April in fiscal-year 2019 border apprehensions hit 531,711 people, in comparison to the 521,090 from the entirety of fiscal-year 2018.