Trump seizes on reports of Sanders-Warren friction

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report MORE on Monday seized on reports that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor's effort to delay election The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden, Trump discuss coronavirus response; Wisconsin postpones elections Wisconsin governor postpones Tuesday's election over coronavirus MORE's (I-Vt.) campaign is more openly criticizing Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds Overnight Energy: Trump floats oil tariffs amid Russia-Saudi dispute | Warren knocks EPA over 'highly dangerous' enforcement rollback | 2019 sees big increase in methane levels in air Ex-CFPB director urges agency to 'act immediately' to help consumers during pandemic 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 BloombergDNC books million in fall YouTube ads Former Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign 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 BidenOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen 16 things to know today about coronavirus MORE, who has been at or near the top of most polls since he entered the race last year.