Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is joining his liberal colleague, Elizabeth Warren, in criticizing President Obama for signing a $400,000 deal to give a speech to a Wall Street bank later this year.
“I think at a time when people are so frustrated with the power of Wall Street and the big money interests, I think it is unfortunate that President Obama is doing this,” Sanders said Friday during an interview on “CBS This Morning.”
Obama’s representatives confirmed earlier this week that the Democrat has agreed to appear at a health care conference hosted by Wall Street investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald in September. The massive payout matches Obama’s entire annual presidential salary. It is also roughly seven times the median American household annual income.
Liberals and conservatives alike have criticized Obama’s plan, pointing to his criticism in 2009 about Wall Street “fat cats.” (RELATED: Elizabeth Warren Is ‘Troubled’ By Obama’s $400k Speech)
On Thursday, Warren said during a radio interview that she was “troubled” by Obama’s planned speech.