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Mexico’s president said on Friday (May 31) he would respond with “great prudence” to threats by his US counterpart Donald Trump to impose tariffs on Mexican goods entering the United States, and called on Mexicans to unite to face the challenge. Mr Trump says he will introduce punitive tariffs on June 10 if Mexico does not halt the flow of illegal immigration from Central America to the United States, battering Mexican financial assets and hurting stocks worldwide. It is the biggest foreign policy test to date for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who during his six months in power has consistently sought to deflect Mr Trump’s barbs and avoid embroiling himself in confrontations. Mr Lopez Obrador predicted the Trump administration would rectify the tariff threat and said that Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard would be in Washington working to convince the US government that Mr Trump’s measures were in neither country’s interest, and that Mexico was making progress containing migration. Mr Trump said on Thursday he would ratchet up tariffs unless Mexico stopped people from illegally crossing the border it shares with the United States. The plan would impose a 5 per cent tariff on Mexican imports starting on June 10 and increase monthly, up to 25 per cent on Oct 1. Speaking at his regular morning news conference, Mr Lopez Obrador said he believed Mr Trump would understand that the tariff threat was not the way to resolve the matter, and stressed that Mexicans had united behind his government. “IHere's the full story.