Trump revives 'Crazy Bernie' nickname one day after Sanders enters race

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE on Wednesday welcomed "Crazy Bernie" Sanders to the 2020 Democratic presidential primary one day after he wished the independent Vermont senator well in his newly launched campaign.

"Crazy Bernie has just entered the race," Trump tweeted. "I wish him well!"

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Trump, who occasionally derides Sanders as "Crazy Bernie," first weighed in Tuesday afternoon on the senator's decision to pursue the Democratic nomination for president.

"Personally I think he missed his time," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. "But I like Bernie because he is one person that, you know, on trade he sort of would agree on trade. I'm being very tough on trade, he was tough on trade."

"The problem is he doesn’t know what to do about it," Trump continued. "We’re doing something very spectacular on trade. But I wish Bernie well. It will be interesting to see how he does."

Sanders fired back at Trump's tweet on Wednesday morning, saying it is "crazy" that the U.S. has "a president who is a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and a fraud."

"We are going to bring people together and not only defeat Trump but transform the economic and political life of this country," he added.

Sanders announced Tuesday morning he will run for president in 2020, four years after his insurgent primary campaign garnered significant momentum. He eventually ceded the Democratic nomination to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE.

Sanders joins a growing list of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in 2020. Among those to launch a bid are Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Castro swears off donations from oil, gas, coal executives Meghan McCain on Pelosi-Trump feud: 'Put this crap aside' and 'work together for America' MORE and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtiegieg backs NFL players' right to protest during anthem: I 'put my life on the line to defend' that Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan CNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC MORE (D-Texas) are among those who are expected to announce soon whether they will run in 2020.