Trump: 'I don't believe' Sanders said a woman can't win the presidency

Trump: 'I don't believe' Sanders said a woman can't win the presidency
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE on Tuesday waded into a dispute between Democratic presidential hopefuls Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersChris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Kamala Harris: The outreach Latinos need Biden and Harris seen as more moderate than Trump and Pence: poll MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenChris Wallace: Trump struggling with attacks on 'shape-shifter' Harris Markey riffs on JFK quote in new ad touting progressive bona fides Howard Kurtz: Kamala Harris 'getting walk on water coverage' by media after VP pick MORE (D-Mass.), dismissing allegations that Sanders told Warren that he did not believe a woman could win the presidency.

Trump appeared to defend the Vermont senator amid the claims while speaking to supporters at a rally in Milwaukee, saying, "I don’t know him. I don’t particularly like him, but I don’t believe he said it," adding that it's "not the kind of thing he'd say."

The president then said he believed a woman can win the White House.

Sanders initially denied a CNN report that he made the comment during an exchange with Warren in December 2018. But Warren said in a statement Monday night that Sanders "disagreed" with her belief that a woman could win the presidency.

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The debate over the exchange is the latest instance of tensions bursting into the open between the two senators, who are the progressive standard-bearers in the Democratic presidential field and have both been entrenched near the top of the polls. They are set to appear in the latest Democratic debate Tuesday night in Iowa.

Trump a day earlier sought to seize on the potential rift between the two campaigns, tweeting that he believed there was a "feud brewing."

The president and his campaign have started focusing additional attention on Sanders, who rocketed to the top of a recent Iowa poll just weeks ahead of the caucuses there. Trump observed during Tuesday's rally that Sanders was "surging" in the polls.