Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership MORE said on Sunday that the U.S. is "probably" on the cusp of a recession.
"We've got an economy not working for most Americans," the South Bend, Ind. mayor said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Buttigieg acknowledged the debate going on around a potential recession, and said that "we probably are" heading toward an economic downturn.
But the bigger problem, he said, is that, even during times of economic expansion, "most Americans can't get ahead."
"And the president had made it abundantly clear he doesn't care," Buttigieg said.
For President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE, rural America is "just the scenery he sees" on the way to a golf course, Buttigieg added.
The Democrat also pushed back on the Trump administration's tariffs on China.
"Besides all the noise...American farmers are getting killed," he said, in reference to White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, who appeared earlier on CNN and said the tariffs are only hurting China.
"[Farmers] are now asking the question 'how much longer are we supposed to take one for the team?'" Buttigieg said.
Buttigieg said Trump has repeatedly said he is on the cusp of a deal with China and failed, and the Democrat expects more failures from the president.
"There is clearly no strategy for dealing with the trade war in a way that will actually lead to results for American farmers or consumers," Buttigieg said.