Sen Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Hispanic Caucus lawmaker won't attend meeting with VP Harris's new aide The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement 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.
"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 ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket A year into his presidency, Biden is polling at an all-time low 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.