Trump seizes on reports of Sanders-Warren friction

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE on Monday seized on reports that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew campaign ad goes after Sanders by mentioning heart attack Biden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Steyer rebukes Biden for arguing with supporter he thought was Sanders voter MORE's (I-Vt.) campaign is more openly criticizing Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — HHS has no plans to declare emergency over coronavirus | GOP senator calls for travel ban to stop outbreak | Warren releases plan to contain infectious diseases Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa 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 Rubens BloombergPoll: 56 percent of Democrats say billionaire politicians more likely to cater to special interests Support for Biden, Sanders ticks up nationally: poll Tim Gunn endorses Bloomberg, joins his LGBTQ+ leadership council 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 BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies MORE, who has been at or near the top of most polls since he entered the race last year.