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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 TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE on Tuesday waded into a dispute between Democratic presidential hopefuls Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMcConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay Senate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Democrats break COVID-19 impasse with deal on jobless benefits MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Philly city council calls on Biden to 'cancel all student loan debt' in first 100 days Hillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case 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.