After a private meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said he's not dropping out of the presidential race yet, but he does plan to help presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump.
"I look forward to meeting with her in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump," Sanders said after the meeting on June 9, ABC reports.
But Sanders, who lost California to Clinton on June 7 after hoping a win there would boost his credibility to superdelegates, said he will continue to campaign until the Democratic convention.
"We will continue doing everything we can to oppose the drift that currently exists toward [an] oligarchic form [of] society where a handful of billionaires exercise enormous power over our political, economic and media life," Sanders said, according to NPR.
Sanders also said that he plans to meet with Clinton "to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1 percent.”
"These are some of the issues that many millions of Americans have supported during my campaign," he added, according to ABC. "These are the issues that we'll take to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia at the end of July."
Democratic leaders and pundits have reportedly urged Sanders to stop campaigning and instead back Clinton. But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said that Sanders "has to make his own decisions," NPR reports.
"He knows what's on the line," Pelosi said. "And he should be treated no differently than other candidates. He should be allowed the opportunity and the respect on how he brings us to a place that helps us advance the causes he's been fighting for."