03:15 GMT04 December 2020
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer opposed President Donald Trump's plan to impose tariffs on Mexico, CNBC reported.

    The two senior Trump administration officials Mnuchin and Lighthizer are frequently divided on economic policy issues but shared the same opinion that the tariffs were a bad idea, CNBC reported, citing a source close to the White House.

    Trump made the decision to announce the tariffs after getting "riled up" by a conservative radio program on the surge in illegal immigration, the report said.

    Although Mnuchin and Lighthizer opposed Trump's idea, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller played a key role in promoting it, the report said, while noting that the aide has long championed fiercely hawkish views on immigration.

    READ MORE: Trump Tariffs on Mexico to Have ‘Severe' Consequences for Texas — US Lawmaker

    The report comes after Trump on 30 May announced that the United States would impose 5 percent tariffs on all goods imported from Mexico beginning on 10 June unless Mexico acts to curb illegal immigration.

    An increasing number of migrants from Central America have been arriving to the US border with Mexico in recent months. Trump has called the surge of arrivals a crisis and declared a national emergency in February to secure funds to build a border wall.


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