The official White House Twitter account attacked two Democratic senators who have been critical of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who recently called for abolishing ICE, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who has been critical of the agency, both received direct tweets to their official Senate accounts.
“Why are you supporting the animals of MS-13?” a tweet at Harris on Monday read.
It’s common for President Donald Trump to attack his critics – by name or otherwise – on Twitter, but he uses his personal Twitter account (@realDonaldTrump). The official White House account (@WhiteHouse) has usually been used for less partisan messaging.
Both senators are considered potential presidential contenders for the 2020 election, and Harris is a rising star in the Democratic party.
Harris replied to the White House tweets from her personal Twitter account, writing that she “went after gangs and transnational criminal organizations” as a prosecutor.
In May, President Donald Trump took heat for using the word “animals” to refer to MS-13 gang members.