Donald Trump called Senator Chuck Schumer a ‘creep’ after the New York Democrat said that the president was bluffing in his threat to place tariffs on imports from Mexico.
The president, who is in the United Kingdom on a state visit, tweeted on Tuesday: ‘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!’
President Trump (left) slammed 'crying' Chuck Schumer (right) for comments the Democratic senator from New York made on Tuesday
The president, who is in the United Kingdom on a state visit, tweeted on Tuesday: ‘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.'
The tweet was sent by the president even though it was after midnight Wednesday local time in London.
Trump is due to travel to the southern English coastal town of Portsmouth on Wednesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
The president was reacting to a speech that Schumer delivered on the Senate floor on Tuesday.
The Senate minority leader blasted Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on Mexican imports in response to the steady flow of Central American migrants who pass through the country on their way to the southern border.
‘Frankly, I don’t believe that President Trump will actually go through with the tariffs,’ Schumer said on Tuesday.
‘President Trump has a habit of talking tough and then retreating, because his policies often can’t be implemented or don’t make sense ... so I wouldn’t be surprised at all if President Trump doesn’t follow through on these tariffs, either.’
Defying increasing criticism from within his own party, Trump said earlier on Tuesday he would likely go ahead with new tariffs on imports from Mexico to pressure it to clamp down on rising numbers of migrants entering the United States.
Trump addressed the issue during a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May
Trump told a news conference in London he expected to impose 5% tariffs on Mexican imports from Monday, citing the high number of mostly Central American immigrants crossing the U.S. southern border with Mexico.
In a last-ditch attempt to find a resolution, a Mexican delegation including Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard is set to take part in talks at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, hosted by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
If the tariffs go ahead, the United States will be in a serious dispute with two of its three top trading partners.
U.S. relations with China have worsened in the past month as Washington and Beijing have slapped additional tariffs on each others’ imports.
Trump has threatened to increase the tariffs on Mexico to as high as 25% later this year if the Mexican government does not do more to stop the migrants.
The president warned Republicans in Congress not to block his efforts. 'I don’t think they will do that. I think if they do, it’s foolish,' he said.