Trump: Dems want to abolish ICE, I want to abolish ISIS

Trump: Dems want to abolish ICE, I want to abolish ISIS

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' MORE slammed calls from Democrats to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Wednesday and told Americans that he wants to "abolish" the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

In a video message released on his Twitter feed, the president attacked calls from progressive Democrats to abolish the controversial federal agency amid ICE's role in the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

"Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings Democrats face dilemma after Mueller probe ends Raskin embraces role as constitutional scholar MORE and the Democrats want to abolish the brave men and women of ICE," Trump says in the 15-second video. "What I want to do is abolish the killers in ISIS. And you know who's going to win? We are."

Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House minority leader, has not endorsed the growing movement calling for an end to the 15-year-old agency, but issued a statement earlier this year calling for "an immediate and fundamental overhaul” of ICE.

Other prominent Democrats, including Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSenate gears up for Green New Deal vote Senate GOP proposes constitutional amendment to keep Supreme Court at 9 seats Overnight Energy: Green New Deal vote set to test Dem unity | Renewables on track to phase out coal, study finds | EPA chief reportedly recuses himself from mine review MORE (N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenElizabeth Warren after TMZ catches her sprinting to catch train: 'Try and keep up' Senate gears up for Green New Deal vote Senate GOP proposes constitutional amendment to keep Supreme Court at 9 seats MORE (Mass.), have joined the "abolish ICE" effort. 

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Trump's video message comes just days after he called for state and local officials to show their support for ICE and its agents amid Democratic calls for the agency's reform or removal.

“Through letters, public statements, op-eds, resolutions, and events, we can give our voice to our Nation’s longstanding tradition of honoring the public servants who protect our communities and our way of life,” Trump wrote in a letter from the White House on Monday.

Trump and other Republicans have attacked calls to abolish the agency as an effort by left-leaning Democrats to eliminate U.S. borders entirely. Protesters have targeted ICE officials and facilities since the administration began separating migrant children from their families earlier this year under a policy in which the administration immediately detained for prosecution people caught illegally crossing the border.

The family separation policy is no longer in place.