Trump weighs import tax on Mexico to pay for wall

US President Donald Trump is considering a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico as one option to pay for construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border, deepening a diplomatic crisis between the two neighbors.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on Thursday that Trump had discussed the proposal with Republicans in Congress during a private meeting.

“Our job right now isn’t to roll something out or be prescriptive,” Spicer said inside his West Wing office. “It’s to show that there are ways that the wall could be paid for.”

 The spokesman said the idea of an import tax, which has been floated by House Speaker Paul Ryan and other congressional Republicans, would generate $10 billion to pay for the wall.

The plan being considered by House Republicans would exempt export revenues from taxation, a significant shift from current US policy.

View of the US- Mexico border fence in the outskirts of Tijuana, northwestern Mexico on…

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