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Trump: ‘Dems have a death wish’

Trump: ‘Dems have a death wish’
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE on Thursday claimed Democrats "have a death wish," referring in part to the push from some members to eliminate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

"The Democrats have a death wish, in more ways than one - they actually want to abolish ICE. This should cost them heavily in the Midterms. Yesterday, the Republicans overwhelmingly passed a bill supporting ICE!" Trump tweeted.

The tweet marked an escalation in rhetoric from the president in his constant attacks on Democrats.

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Trump has targeted Democrats in recent weeks over calls from a small number of liberal lawmakers to get rid of ICE over its role in the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration. He has said he believes the issue will cost Democrats in the midterm elections.

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOn The Money: Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi summit | Consumer bureau to probe controversial blog posts on race | Harris proposes new middle-class tax credit Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump says GOP will support pre-existing condition protections | McConnell defends ObamaCare lawsuit | Dems raise new questions for HHS on child separations Booker holds 'Get Out the Vote' event in South Carolina as presidential speculation builds MORE (D-Mass.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandAffordable housing set for spotlight of next presidential campaign Overnight Defense — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Senators seek US intel on journalist's disappearance | Army discharged over 500 immigrant recruits in one year | Watchdog knocks admiral over handling of sexual harassment case Pentagon watchdog knocks top admiral for handling of sexual harassment case MORE (D-N.Y.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisOn The Money: Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi summit | Consumer bureau to probe controversial blog posts on race | Harris proposes new middle-class tax credit Booker holds 'Get Out the Vote' event in South Carolina as presidential speculation builds Harris rolls out bill to create new middle class tax credit MORE (D-Calif.) are among the prominent Democrats who have said they'd support getting rid of ICE and beginning a new agency from scratch. Other Democrats have declined to go that far, saying some agency is required to enforce immigration laws.

The House on Wednesday approved a GOP resolution expressing support for ICE.

The measure was approved in a 244-35 vote that fell largely on party lines. Eighteen Democrats voted to back ICE, 34 opposed the resolution and 133 voted "present." One Republican, Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashWatchdog files Hatch Act complaint against Sanders for picture with Kanye in MAGA hat Cook Political Report shifts 7 more races towards Dems Rand Paul ramps up his alliance with Trump MORE (R-Mich.), also voted against it.