President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE on Monday said that millennials are attracted to socialism over capitalism because they are “young” and “idealistic.”

Responding to a question from Fox News host Laura Ingraham on why younger Americans seem to be gravitating toward progressive policies, Trump went on to cite his poll numbers as proof that the U.S. was not on a course toward left-wing policies.


When Ingraham asked the president what he could do to "reinvigorate" the idea of a free market society among millennials, Trump said that he saw "capitalism" as "more of an ideal."

"Well I think, No. 1, they're young, idealistic, if you call it idealistic, I think that capitalism is more of an ideal," Trump told Ingraham. "But if you look at the poll numbers, you look at the kind of numbers that we have, it's been great."

"I hit my all-time high today, 52 percent," he added, referring to a right-leaning Rasmussen poll that came out this week showing the president at just over 50 percent approval rating.

A number of freshman House Democrats have embraced the democratic socialist label, including rising Democratic star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezPoll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas NJ college censures trustee over posts targeting 'the squad' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (D-N.Y.), whose Green New Deal proposal was attacked by Trump and his allies this week as a move toward socialism in the U.S.

Trump “has vowed that America would never be socialist, and this administration will fight this central planning disaster,” the White House said this week while calling the plan a “roadmap to destroy the American Economy.”

During his State of the Union address this month, Trump pledged that "America will never be a socialist country," sparking chants of "USA" from GOP lawmakers.

Nearly half of millennial Democrats surveyed last year in a BuzzFeed News poll said they identified as a socialist or democratic socialist.