Trump Tweets 'NO PRESSURE' After Majority of Americans Say He Should Be Removed by the Senate in New Poll

President Donald Trump tweeted "NO PRESSURE" amid the Senate impeachment trial on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after a new poll was released showing that a slight majority of Americans wanted the trial to result in the president being removed from office.

51 percent of respondents said Trump should be removed from office by the Senate, according to a new American Trends Panel survey released by Pew Research on Wednesday. While 46 percent said the trial should result in the president staying in office.

Trump tweeted out an all caps "NO PRESSURE" as Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff from California was delivering his opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial. The tweet prompted a mocking response from many users. Some took the opportunity to reference the president's past complaints about water pressure in bathrooms.

"Oh god he's on about toilets again," tweeted user @itsJeffTiedrich.

Other reactions focused on the trial itself, which many believed should warrant Trump to feel "pressure," despite the tweet.

"No pressure? So when the President of the United States asks a country under duress from a military aggressor to conduct a criminal investigation into an American citizen to help out with an upcoming election, that's not considered pressure? What a corrupt country we've become," tweeted Dr. Eugene Gu, one of the president's loudest critics online.

Trump's impeachment remains a divisive issue for Americans, according to recent surveys, with support for the president's removal from office falling largely along party lines. The Wednesday poll indicated that 85 percent of Democrats think the Senate should remove Trump from office, while 86 percent of Republicans said he should stay.

The poll also found that 63 percent believe Trump has either "definitely "or "probably" broken the law in office, or while he was running for president in 2016. A large proportion of Democrats, 91 percent, believe that Trump likely broke the law, with a not insignificant 32 percent of Republicans agreeing. Of the Republicans who believed Trump acted illegally, 38 percent said he should be removed from office.

A marginally higher 70 percent said they believed Trump acted unethically. Although Republican support for Trump's removal is low, 47 percent believed the president had either broken the law or acted unethically.

The survey revealed relatively low confidence in the ability of politicians from both parties to act fairly. Only 43 percent said that Republicans could be expected to be at least "somewhat fair and reasonable" during the Senate trial, while 48 percent felt that Democrats would be fair. The poll was conducted before trial rules were established.

The poll surveyed 12,638 adults from January 6 to January 19. It reports a margin of error of 1.3 percent.

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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President Donald Trump attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on January 21, 2020. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty
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