President Donald Trump predicted Democrats will be 'beaten so badly' if they continue to push for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be abolished as several of his potential challengers use that call as a rallying cry for their base.
'Well I hope they keep thinking about it. Because they're going to get beaten so badly,' he said in an interview with 'Sunday Morning Futures' that airs onFox News Sunday morning.
'I love that issue if they're going to actually do that,' he added.
The president is defending ICE, which is under fire from Democrats
He said Democrats will be 'beaten so badly' on the issue
The president also took to twitter to defend the agency as several Democrats - including many prominent names who mulling a challenge to Trump in 2020 - have called for the agency to be abolished.
'The Liberal Left, also known as the Democrats, want to get rid of ICE, who do a fantastic job, and want Open Borders. Crime would be rampant and uncontrollable! Make America Great Again,' he tweeted Sunday morning.
His defense of the agency comes as the turmoil continues over the president's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy.
More than 700 protests took place at cities across the country on Saturday, according to the organizers, with major marches in Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles and other cities such attracting various lawmakers and public figures.
Democrats have used the controversy around the president's immigration policy to rally their base and bring attention to the #AbolishICE movement.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts expressed her support for replacing the agency at a Saturday rally.
'The president's deeply immoral actions have made it obvious: We need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom, starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our morality and that works,' Warren said.
And Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York told CNN late Thursday 'you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works.'
Sen. Kamala Harris of California has said in several interviews the government 'maybe' or 'probably' should 'start from