Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has appeared to take a new position on US wages.
After previously saying wages were "too high," Trump instead stressed Sunday and again Monday that they were actually "too low."
"Wages in are country are too low, good jobs are too few, and people have lost faith in our leaders. We need smart and strong leadership now!" Trump tweeted Monday morning.
The apparent shift came after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), a Democratic presidential candidate, said in a Sunday interview that his message would resonate among Trump's working-class supporters.
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"Look, many of Trump's supporters are a working-class people, and they're angry," Sanders said on CBS' "Face the Nation," according to the show's transcript. "And they're angry because they're working longer hours for lower wages. They're angry because their jobs have left this country and gone to China or other low-wage countries."
Sanders added: "In fact, he has said that he thinks wages in America are too high."
Trump responded by accusing Sanders of lying:
.@BernieSanders-who blew his campaign when he gave Hillary a pass on her e-mail crime, said that I feel wages in America are too high. Lie!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2015
Trump, however, has indeed said that wages — among many other things in the US — are too high.
In a Fox Business Network debate in November, Trump used his opening statement to say, "Taxes too high, wages too high. We're not going to be able to compete against the world."
And Trump doubled down on his position during a "Morning Joe" interview the day after that debate.
"It's a tough position politically," Trump acknowledged on the MSNBC show. "We have to become competitive with the world. Our taxes are too high — our wages are too high. Everything is too high. We have to compete with other countries."
Trump made both comments while discussing the US' minimum wage. He later insisted that he was referring only to the minimum wage, not wages in general, according to Politico.
View Trump's Monday tweets on the topic below:
The middle-class has worked so hard, are not getting the kind of jobs that they have long dreamed of - and no effective raise in years. BAD
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2015