Trump Shows No Sign Of Cowing To GOP Tariff Vote Threat: ‘That Would Be Foolish’

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump meet with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip in Downing Street, as part of Trump's state visit in London, Britain, June 4, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/Pool
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Prime Minister Theresa May, husband Philip May, US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during a visit to 10 Downing Street, during the second day of his State Visit on June ... LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Prime Minister Theresa May, husband Philip May, US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during a visit to 10 Downing Street, during the second day of his State Visit on June 4, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit began with lunch with the Queen, followed by a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, whilst today he will attend business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Henry Nicholls - WPA Pool/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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June 4, 2019 9:49 a.m.

Tensions between congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump have been heightened in the past few days over Trump’s threat to levy tariffs on Mexico. Now, congressional Republicans are mulling holding a vote to block the tariffs, which could also prevent funds from going to Trump’s border wall.

At a press conference Tuesday in the UK, Trump showed no signs of backing off his tariff strong-arming.

“I don’t think they will do that; if they do it’s foolish,” he said of the threatened Republican vote. “There’s nothing more important than borders. I’ve had tremendous Republican support.”

The vast majority of Republicans don’t often break with this President, but many of his usual allies have voiced displeasure at his tariff threat.

The vote they are considering would nullify Trump’s national emergency declaration. Congress took such a vote in March, but Trump vetoed it. This time, more widespread anger about Trump’s behavior may garner enough support to create a veto-proof vote.

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