Trump lashes out at Bloomberg over ads: 'Vanity project for him to get into the game'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE on Friday called Democratic presidential hopeful Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergBiden will go after Bloomberg, Sanders at Las Vegas debate, aides say Sanders takes lead in new Hill/HarrisX poll Bloomberg campaign warns of 'insurmountable' Sanders lead if moderates split votes MORE’s unprecedented spending on television ads a “vanity project for him to get into the game" while saying the former New York City mayor's ads are "purposely wrong."

In a pair of tweets, Trump called Bloomberg a "terrible debater and speaker."

Bloomberg quickly fired back at the president, saying he wants to debate but does not meet the Democratic National Committee qualifications because he has not taken a "penny in contributions from anyone."


The tweets come as Bloomberg has gained some traction in polls while spending more than $130 million on campaign ads.

"Mini Mike Bloomberg doesn’t get on the Democrat Debate Stage because he doesn’t want to — he is a terrible debater and speaker," Trump tweeted. "If he did, he would go down in the polls even more (if that is possible!)."

"Mini Mike Bloomberg ads are purposely wrong — A vanity project for him to get into the game," he wrote in a follow up tweet. "Nobody in many years has done for the USA what I have done for the USA, including the greatest economy in history, rebuilding our military, biggest ever tax & regulation cuts, & 2nd A!"


Bloomberg responded by taking a jab at the president, who has referred to a $1 million loan he says he received from his father as "very small."


Bloomberg is a multibillionaire who is running a self-funded campaign. He has dismissed the need to participate in the Democratic debate or the need to focus on the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries.

He is currently in sixth place on the RealClearPolitics average of polls with 6.6 percent of the vote.

The tweets from Trump come after he lashed out at the former New York City mayor earlier in the week over health care, which is an issue featured prominently in a recent Bloomberg ad.