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

Sen Bernie SandersBernie SandersJames Carville: Biden represents 'stability' not 'generational change' Ocasio-Cortez, progressives trash 'antisemitic' Politico illustration of Bernie Sanders 2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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 Clinton2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Hillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign 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.