Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders plans to continue his campaign while suggesting he may team with rival Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.
After meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, Sanders addressed reporters outside the White House, saying he hopes to meet with Clinton. "I look forward to meeting with her in the near future" to discuss how to defeat Donald Trump.
Sanders added that Trump would "be a disaster of a president of the United States. It is unbelievable to me that the Republican Party would have candidate who in the year 2016 makes a bigotry and discrimination a corner stone of his campaign."
President Barack Obama walks with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., down the Colonnade of the White House in Washington, June 9, 2016.
Clinton this week amassed enough delegates to secure the Democratic Party nomination for president, but Sanders has continued his campaign. On Thursday he said his campaign would be fully engaged in the Washington, D.C. primary election next week, the final of the primary season.
The senator from Vermont also thanked President Obama for remaining impartial throughout the Democratic party process.
He also listed a number of agenda items, including child poverty, life expectancy and economic disparities, that he will take to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia late next month.
Sanders will meet Thursday afternoon with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid amid growing calls for Sanders to end his campaign. Reid has not called for Sanders to quit, but he said last week that "sometimes you have to give up."