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

Sen Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCongress digs in for prolonged Saudi battle Santorum: Dems have a chance in 2020 if they pick someone ‘unexpected’ Dems have new moniker for Trump: ‘Unindicted co-conspirator' MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorsi sues Mueller for alleged leaks and illegal surveillance Comey: Trump 'certainly close' to being unindicted co-conspirator Trump pushes back on reports that Ayers was first pick for chief of staff 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 ClintonSantorum: Dems have a chance in 2020 if they pick someone ‘unexpected’ Trump should heed a 1974 warning penned by Bush NRCC breach exposes gaps 2 years after Russia hacks 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.