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Trump seizes on reports of Sanders-Warren friction

President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE on Monday seized on reports that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care MORE's (I-Vt.) campaign is more openly criticizing Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (D-Mass.) in the Democratic presidential primary, suggesting there's a "feud brewing" between the two leading progressive candidates.

Trump appeared to be responding to a Politico report from a day earlier that the Sanders campaign was encouraging volunteers to tell voters that they're concerned Warren appeals predominantly to better-educated, wealthier voters who would already vote Democratic.

"Bernie Sander’s volunteers are trashing Elizabeth 'Pocahontus' Warren," Trump tweeted, misspelling both the Vermont senator's last name and the derisive nickname he uses to mock Warren over her past claims of Native American heritage.

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"Everybody knows her campaign is dead and want her potential voters," he continued, pivoting to an attack on Democratic candidate Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE. "Mini Mike B is also trying, but getting tiny crowds which are all leaving fast. Elizabeth is very angry at Bernie. Do I see a feud brewing?"

Warren said she was "disappointed" to hear about Sanders's campaign attacking her. Her campaign has in recent weeks attempted to portray the senator as a "unity candidate" who can bring together multiple factions of the party.

The president routinely attacks his prospective Democratic opponents, but Monday's tweet comes as his campaign has increasingly turned its attention toward Sanders, who is surging in the polls just weeks ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

Sanders has gained additional traction in the race in recent weeks, and his momentum has been amplified as he emerged as one of the sharpest critics of a U.S. military strike that killed an Iranian general and put the Middle East on edge.

An Iowa poll released last week showed Sanders running in first with support from 20 percent of likely caucusgoers, followed by Warren with 17 percent.

The president and his campaign had largely focused its firepower on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays MORE, who has been at or near the top of most polls since he entered the race last year.