President TrumpDonald TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race MORE bashed Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisStefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Florida woman faces five years in prison for threatening to kill Harris MORE's presidential campaign after the California Democrat said her Justice Department would "have no choice" but to prosecute Trump if she were elected.
"Oh, give me a break. She’s running for president, she’s doing horribly, she’s way down in the polls," Trump said in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos broadcast Thursday.
"I must say, Pocahontas is really cleaning her clock," he added, referring to Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (D-Mass.) with a derisive nickname meant to mock her claims of Native American heritage.
Still, Trump acknowledged that he might adopt the same strategy if he were in Harris's position.
"I heard she made that statement," Trump said. "And you know what? Who wouldn’t? Probably if I were running in her position, I’d make the same statement."
Harris's campaign fired back, arguing that "Donald Trump is using the Department of Justice to run interference on his own behalf, and he's appointed an Attorney General to act like his personal defense lawyer, not the lawyer for the American people."
"Senator Harris believes no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States, and as president, she would restore an independent DOJ that values the rule of law and follows facts and evidence wherever they lead," Harris campaign spokesman Ian Sams said in a statement.
The president regularly weighs in on his potential 2020 Democratic challengers and belittles their chances at claiming their party's nomination, though he has largely avoided commenting on Harris.
Harris, a former attorney general of California, told NPR in an interview this week that she believes she would have "no choice" but to prosecute Trump for possible obstruction of justice. Harris has called for the House to launch impeachment proceedings against the president.
In his interview with ABC, Trump also dismissed a letter signed by hundreds of former federal prosecutors that asserted he would have been charged with a crime had he not been the sitting president. He argued the signatories were politically motivated, calling them "Trump haters."
"I know more about prosecutors than you’ll ever know," Trump told Stephanopoulos. "They’re politicians."
EXCLUSIVE: Pres. Trump reacts to Kamala Harris' statement that she'd "have no choice" but to pursue criminal charges against him if elected.— ABC News (@ABC) June 13, 2019
"Probably, if I were running in her position, I'd make the same statement,” he tells @GStephanopoulos. https://t.co/Fui41naEyd pic.twitter.com/bgVJ1AILH1
Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE issued a 448-page report in April that outlined 10 "episodes" investigators examined for possible obstruction of justice involving Trump.
Mueller neither exonerated nor implicated Trump on the charge, instead saying Congress had the authority to further probe the matter.
A number of Democrats have since called for Trump's impeachment based on Mueller's findings.