President Donald Trump's administration is facing serious backlash for floating a 20 percent import tax on Mexican goods and then walking back on it shortly after.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday told the press Trump's plan for a wall along the Mexican border could be financed through a border tax on all imports. Then, in a conversation with a separate group of reporters, he clarified that it was just one proposal. "There are clearly a bunch of ways it can be done," he said. "The point is American taxpayers are not going to fund it."
WATCH | Sean Spicer said President Donald Trump will seek a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for a proposed border wall. (Jan. 26)
White House trying to walk this back a bit now?— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) January 26, 2017
From Reuters: WHITE HOUSE SAYS IMPORT TAX RATE COULD RANGE FROM 5 PCT TO 20 PCT
The big question: Is Trump sticking with the tax or is he backing off? Unclear.
Border security yes, tariffs no. Mexico is 3rd largest trading partner. Any tariff we can levy they can levy. Huge barrier to econ growth /1— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 26, 2017
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called it a "big-time bad idea."
Simply put, any policy proposal which drives up costs of Corona, tequila, or margaritas is a big-time bad idea. Mucho Sad. (2)— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 26, 2017
Trump’s products are made in at least 12 other countries, including Mexico.
Avocado lovers had a total guac freak out.
Trump talking about an import tax and the only thing y'all think of is avocado. The price on tequila bout to sky rocket b.— Mikazuki Augus (@RoninStray) January 27, 2017
Can't forget about tequila!
Some think the avocado tweets is what provoked the admin to walk back on the tax.
fresh foods we import from mexico: watermelon, avocado, papaya, tomato, mango, asparagus, peppers, onion, pumpkin, banana, strawberry + more— jenna (@jennastoya) January 26, 2017
Some pointed out that it's not just avocados at risk here.
Not everyone is against the proposed plan. Some think it'd be a "good thing."