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Sen. Bernie Sanders has shot down President Donald Trump's claims earlier this month that the Vermont senator was a "communist," saying that Trump has no idea what a communist actually is.

"Obviously I am not a communist," Sanders told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, adding that Trump "maybe doesn't know the difference."

The Vermont senator continued, "In many respects, we are a socialist society today," Sanders responded.

"The difference between my socialism and Trump's socialism is I believe the government should help working families, not billionaires," he added.

"If we leave the [health care] status quo alone, in the next 10 years, we're going to be spending $50 trillion," he said. "Medicare for All will cost the average American less than the $12,000 a year they are paying the insurance companies."

Last week, during an interview with Sean Hannity ahead of the Super Bowl LIV, Trump said the following:

"I think he's a communist. I mean, you know, look, I think of communism when I think of Bernie," Trump told the Fox News host.

"Now, you could say socialist, but didn't he get married in Moscow?" Trump added, telling Hannity that Sanders went to the former Soviet Union on his honeymoon. "I think of Bernie sort of as a socialist but far beyond a socialist," Trump continued. "At least he's true to what he believes."

Sanders slammed Trump as a "pathological liar" for allegations that he wed his wife in Russia - and not for the first time.

Last month, Sanders said, "The difficulty that we have, and I don't mean to be rude here, is that we have a president who is a pathological liar."