Sen. Sanders: Trump is ‘going to war’ against working people

Sen Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBoogeywomen — GOP vilifies big-name female Dems RealClearPolitics editor: Moderate Democrats are losing even when they win Sanders tests his brand in Florida MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House counsel called Trump 'King Kong' behind his back: report Trump stays out of Arizona's ugly and costly GOP fight Trump claims he instructed White House counsel to cooperate with Mueller MORE for "going to war against working people" in America.

Speaking on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Sanders charged that Trump has not lived up to the promises he made during his 2016 presidential campaign, and said his cuts to programs like Medicaid and Medicare are equivalent to a "war" against working-class residents. 

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"Trump campaigned, he said, 'I will not cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid,' " Sanders said. "His budget, trillion-dollar cut in Medicaid proposal, $500 billion in Medicare, massive cuts in education, nutrition programs. He's going to war against working people."

Sanders added that Trump is a tool for the wealthiest individuals in the country and that he thinks the "American people understand that." 

Trump has often pointed to the unemployment rate as evidence that his administration is substantially improving the economy. The unemployment rate reached 3.8 percent in May, the lowest level since 2000, according to the U.S. Labor Department. 

Sanders acknowledged that the economy is doing well in regards to unemployment, but that low wages are a more crucial problem. 

"The crisis of our time are low wages, people can't afford health care, can't afford prescription drugs, can't afford to send their kids to college. Those are the issues that Trump is not dealing with," he said.

Sanders, who lost to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton‘Prosperity and peace’ is the winning Republican theme for midterms Mueller recommends Papadopoulos be sentenced to up to 6 months in prison Poll: Dem opponent leads Scott Walker by 5 points MORE in the 2016 Democratic primary, has continually condemned the president's policies. In March, he hosted a town hall on economic inequality, an issue he told HuffPost is one of the most important issues facing the U.S. 

Jeff Weaver, Sanders’s senior adviser and 2016 campaign manager, said last month that Sanders is still considering a 2020 presidential run.