President Donald Trump is now facing a massive political backlash after his executive order blocking the confirmation of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Justice seat on Tuesday.
In his latest move, the president on Tuesday announced a plan to “dismantle” the judicial branch of government in the United States, ordering federal agencies to stop awarding federal contracts to companies with human rights abuses and to stop providing services to companies that commit such crimes.
The order came just days after Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates over her refusal to enforce a ban on the administration’s executive order on travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.
Trump’s move to ban all Muslims from entering the United Kingdom and temporarily bar entry of all refugees is also set to have a big effect on US-British trade relations, which have already suffered.
Britain, which has seen a surge in the number of British nationals leaving the country for the United State following the deadly terrorist attacks in London in July, is also facing the threat of further financial fallout from the Trump administration’s decision.
The UK has already imposed tariffs on several US products, and the US will likely impose similar measures on British products.
Trump is also likely to move to slash the US Federal Reserve’s $4.2 trillion balance sheet and to cut its $4 trillion bond-buying program.
The British government, which was able to avoid such a significant loss in US foreign exchange earnings as a result of its trade surplus, will also see a significant economic hit if Trump follows through on his threat to end the Fed’s bond-purchase program.
Britain has also said it will be hit by an increase in the costs of imports from the United $tates, while the US government is likely to impose an increase on the price of oil, the world’s second-biggest export, as a response to Trump’s executive orders.
Trump has repeatedly threatened to take back control of the US federal government if he is unable to get Congress to enact legislation to fund the government through the September 30 election.
In a tweet on Tuesday evening, Trump said he was “trying to take the Congress back” by implementing the “mandate” of “ending” the debt ceiling.
The move to repeal the ACA, which Trump has claimed will have a “devastating” effect on the economy, has also been taken up by the US Senate.
The Senate’s GOP leader, Mitch McConnell, told reporters that he would not support the ACA repeal unless it included funding for border security.
The Senate is set to vote on a bill to fund government through September 30.
Trump and his supporters have already vowed to repeal parts of the ACA as soon as the September 20 deadline for the government to shut down expires.
The White House said the Trump Administration is “committed to fulfilling our legal obligations to the American people and the Congress.”