Sen. Elizabeth Warren made key political hires in Iowa on Wednesday, signaling her intention to mount a strong campaign in the leadoff caucus state ahead of her first trip there as a likely presidential candidate.
Warren is throwing her name into the ring early - but supporters in Council Bluffs say she should bring it on.
Warren also slammed Trump as a "grifter and a scammer" who gives "giant tax giveaways to the billionaires, to the big corporations and a harder and harder squeeze for working families".
"I'm here to ask every one of you to be a part of this", Warren said.
Warren has released test results showing she is between 1/64th and 1/1024th Native American.
"What I want to see is what the field's going to look like, and how these individuals do in putting together outreach around the state", said Matt McCoy, a former Democratic state senator and current Polk County supervisor, adding that Warren had called him late past year as she laid the groundwork for her presidential announcement.
Trump scoffed at the test - calling it "a fraud" - and at Warren's candidacy.
"We're now in the 13th day of the shutdown, we have hundreds of thousands of federal employees not getting their paychecks and work that's not being done all around this country", said Warren. She was the original force behind the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a regulatory body charged with policing the behavior of large swaths of US financial and banking sectors.
Iowa is the first state to hold a major contest in presidential elections with its caucuses and holds unique power - it can fuel momentum, as it did for Sen.
"I think she's gonna get questions about it, I told her".
One thing is certain: Warren can deflect all she'd like with reporters for the moment, but President Trump will not let up ripping the senator for her much-criticized claim. Bernie Sanders during his presidential run in 2016 - or hamper it.
Elizabeth Warren kicked off a 3-day tour of Iowa on a mission to fight.