‘They want to raise everybody’s taxes, everybody, and they want to do the Green New Deal, which will decimate our country and decimate,’ Trump said during a press conference at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Saturday.
‘It’s ridiculous, it’s childish. I actually say the Green New Deal is childish. It’s for children, it’s not for adults,’ he said, without referring by name to the policy’s key architect, New York Democrat Ocasio-Cortez.
‘Maybe it’s politics, they seem to think it’s good politics,’ Trump added. ‘I don’t think it’s good politics, it’ll decimate our economy.’
President Donald Trump has again taken a swipe at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calling her Green New Deal proposal ‘childish’
On Thursday, Trump called Ocasio-Cortez a ‘real beauty’ who ‘knows nothing about the economy’.
The president’s comments came during a speech in the battleground state of Ohio, where he accused Democrat leaders of ‘inflicting a socialist takeover of the US economy known as the horrendous Green New Deal’.
The Green New Deal is an ambitious plan to completely overhaul the economy in the name of tackling climate change.
It was initially sponsored by Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts.
Trump said in his speech yesterday: ‘[The Green New Deal] was conceived by a young woman AOC — AOC plus three, I say — AOC, that’s a real beauty, isn’t it?’
‘She knows as much about the environment — do we have any young children here? — as that young child over there. I think he knows more. And she certainly knows nothing about the economy,’ he added.
New York Democrat Ocasio-Cortez is one of the key architects of the Green New Deal
Trump suggested that the proposal, which aims to wean the US off of fossil fuels, could result in the American economy regressing, similarly to Venezuela.
‘Venezuela was a very wealthy country 20 years ago — one of the wealthiest per capita, one of the wealthiest, tremendous oil reserves, everything. Now they don’t have food. They don’t have water. They don’t have medicine. They don’t have anything. Same thing could happen,’ Trump said.
Trump went on to criticize the Democrat’s stance on fracking, the process of drilling into the earth to release gases to use as energy.
‘They want to ban fracking, which will demolish your state. It will demolish Ohio oil and gas jobs. They want to rejoin the disastrous Paris Climate Accord, where you’ll pay billions and billions of dollars for the privilege of getting ripped off by other countries,’ he said.
Trump lashed out at Ocasio-Cortez during a campaign stop in Texas last week, again criticizing the Green New Deal.
In his remarks, made with oil rigs and a giant American flag in the background, Trump warned Texans that Democrats in power would bring Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘disastrous’ Green New Deal, a return to the Paris Climate Accord, and the end of fracking.
‘The radical left is fighting to abolish American energy,’ he warned.
‘If these far left politicians ever get into power they will abolish not only your industry but the economy,’ he said.