President Trump called Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) “a creep” on Tuesday after the Democratic leader predicted the president would back down from slapping new tariffs on Mexico.
“Can you imagine Cryin’ Chuck Schumer saying out loud, for all to hear, that I am bluffing with respect to putting Tariffs on Mexico. What a Creep,” Trump wrote in a tweet.
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He asserted that Schumer “would rather have our Country fail with drugs & Immigration than give Republicans a win. But he gave Mexico bad advice, no bluff!”
Can you imagine Cryin’ Chuck Schumer saying out loud, for all to hear, that I am bluffing with respect to putting Tariffs on Mexico. What a Creep. He would rather have our Country fail with drugs & Immigration than give Republicans a win. But he gave Mexico bad advice, no bluff!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2019
Trump’s tweet came after Schumer predicted earlier Tuesday that the president wouldn’t move forward with his promise to slap new financial penalties on Mexico unless it cracks down on illegal immigration into the United States.
Schumer, speaking from the Senate floor, characterized the new tariffs as another example of Trump’s “whimsical and erratic proposals.”
“President Trump has a habit of proposing asinine and dangerous policies before backing off. And President Trump has a habit of pretending that the very act of not following through on a misguided policy is somehow a victory. So, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if President Trump doesn’t follow through on these tariffs either,” Schumer said.
He added that Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on Mexico would be “massively destabilizing” to both the U.S. and Mexican economies and that it would increase the number of immigrants trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.
Schumer doubled down on his prediction during a separate press conference on Tuesday, saying Trump would realize “what a dumb move he’s made.”
“I have a feeling that this one just popped into his head. … I believe that he will back off when faced with the opposition among business, among his own Republicans and when he sees what a dumb move he’s made,” Schumer told reporters about the tariffs.
Trump says he will impose the tariffs on Mexico under the 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act as soon as next week unless Mexico cracks down on the flow of migrants from Central America across the southern border.
But GOP senators are publicly and privately urging him to reverse course. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters on Tuesday that there’s “not much” support within the GOP conference for tariffs and that he hopes the United States and Mexico can strike a deal.
“Most of us hope that this Mexican delegation that’s come up here and discussed the challenges at the border and what the Mexicans might be able to do to help us more than they have will be fruitful and that these tariffs will not kick in,” McConnell told reporters.
From The Hill