Trump campaign: Sanders already won primary because every Dem 'embracing' socialism

The Trump campaign on Tuesday swiped at Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll O'Rourke tests whether do-it-yourself campaign can work on 2020 stage MORE (I-Vt.) upon the senator's 2020 presidential campaign launch, suggesting the progressive senator "has already won" the Democratic primary debate "because every candidate is embracing his brand of socialism."

"But the American people will reject an agenda of sky-high tax rates, government-run health care and coddling dictators like those in Venezuela," Trump campaign national press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. "Only President TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE will keep America free, prosperous and safe."

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Sanders announced Tuesday morning he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination for the second consecutive election. He joins an increasingly crowded field of candidates that already includes Democratic Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Top Dem: 'Certainly a possibility' that Congress will call Barr, Mueller to testify publicly Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll MORE (Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharWhy do so many Democrats embrace hate speech? Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll Omar controversies shadow Dems at AIPAC MORE (Minn.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll Omar controversies shadow Dems at AIPAC MORE (Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll Here's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report MORE (N.J.), among others.

The Trump campaign announced a round of staffing hires on Tuesday morning as the operation gears up for the 2020 cycle, which could include a GOP primary challenge.

McEnany will serve as national press secretary after working as the Republican National Committee's (RNC) national spokeswoman.

The campaign announced Tim Murtaugh will take over as director of communications after serving in the same role at the Department of Agriculture.

Marc Lotter will work as the director of strategic communications, the campaign said, after working in the first year of the Trump administration as special assistant to the president and press secretary for the vice president.

The campaign tapped Cole Blocker, the deputy director of the White House Visitor's Office, as the director of finance heading into 2020.

Megan Powers will serve as director of administrative operations after working for NASA as senior adviser and press secretary, the campaign said.

"These hires are the next step toward building a national campaign infrastructure with state-of-the-art communications and fundraising tactics, innovative use of social media and a nationwide army of surrogates and small dollar donors," campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement. “Together, we will spread the President’s message far and wide and hold Democrat presidential candidates accountable for their extreme agenda."