WASHINGTON D.C. – President Donald Trump went after Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester on Twitter again Monday afternoon.
Trump tweeted: "The migrant ‘caravan’ that is openly defying our border shows how weak & ineffective U.S. immigration laws are. Yet Democrats like Jon Tester continue to support the open borders agenda – Tester even voted to protect Sanctuary Cities. We need lawmakers who will put America First."
The migrant ‘caravan’ that is openly defying our border shows how weak & ineffective U.S. immigration laws are. Yet Democrats like Jon Tester continue to support the open borders agenda – Tester even voted to protect Sanctuary Cities. We need lawmakers who will put America First.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2018
In February, Tester helped block a proposal that would crack down on cities that don’t comply with federal immigration law.
But Trump hasn’t always disagreed with Tester. President Trump has signed eight of Tester’s bills into law to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable and improve care and benefits for veterans, a fact Tester has highlighted in campaign ads.
Trump began blasting Tester last week after the senator released a list of allegations against Trump’s nominee to lead the VA, Ronny Jackson, from his colleagues, alleging the president’s doctor ran a hostile workplace, overprescribed pain medication and drank alcohol on the job.
Jackson denied the allegations but withdrew his nomination.
Tester’s office did not further comment on the president’s most recent remarks. Over the weekend, he said in a statement he would continue fighting for veterans in the Senate and did not address the president directly.
Tester is running for re-election this November in a state that Trump won by nearly 20 points in 2016, which has national pundits predicting a tough race for the Democrat.
In this most recent tweet, the "caravan" Trump is referring to is the nearly 200 Central American migrants intending to seek political asylum in the United States. They were stopped when border inspectors said a crossing facility didn’t have enough space to accommodate them.
Trump vowed last week to "stop" the caravan while Cabinet members said they would deliver a swift response. The asylum seekers held firm, setting up a possible showdown.
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