Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE on Friday morning said he will vote for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Polls flash warning signs for Trump Polls suggest Sanders may be underestimated 10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall MORE for president.

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The statement, made on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was an apparent acknowledgement that Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. But Sanders has not said he will end his bid for president.

After saying “yes” when asked whether he would vote for Clinton, Sanders quickly pivoted to slamming presumptive GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE.

“I think the issue right here is I’m gonna do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump,” he said, saying Trump would be “a disaster for this country if he were to be elected.” 

“We do not need a president whose cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry," Sanders continued. “This is not somebody who should become president.”

He said his goal right now is “to fight for the strongest possible platform in the Democratic convention.”