Trump: Green New Deal 'the most preposterous thing' and 'easy to beat'

Trump: Green New Deal 'the most preposterous thing' and 'easy to beat'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE went after the Green New Deal in an interview that aired Friday, calling the proposal championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezRepublicans plot comeback in New Jersey Joseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts The latest victims of the far-left's environmental zealotry: Long Islanders MORE (D-N.Y.) “preposterous” while saying it will be “easy to beat.”

“You look at this Green New Deal — it’s the most preposterous thing,” Trump said during an exclusive interview with Fox Business that aired Friday. “Now I don’t want to knock it too much right now because I really hope they keep going forward with it, frankly, because I think it’s going to be very easy to beat.”

The president has mocked the resolution before, comparing it to a "high school term paper that got a low mark."

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The White House in a statement on the proposal last month said that Trump “has vowed that America would never be socialist, and this administration will fight this central planning disaster,” and called the plan a “roadmap to destroy the American Economy.” 

The Green New Deal, backed by a large number of progressive Democrats, calls for upgrading U.S. infrastructure to reduce emissions and shift to renewable energy.

The plan was introduced into Congress last month by Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyJoseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts Overnight Energy: Trump sparks new fight over endangered species protections | States sue over repeal of Obama power plant rules | Interior changes rules for ethics watchdogs To cash in on innovation, remove market barriers for advanced energy technologies MORE (D-Mass.). 

It has seen some pushback from centrist Democrats who say climate change must be targeted in a more gradual manner.

The proposal has gained some support among Democrats campaigning for the 2020 presidential nomination, but Republicans have attacked the plan.

Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoIf Democrats want gun control, they must first concede defeat Conway: Republican concerns about gun reform 'all reconcilable' Five proposals Congress is eyeing after mass shootings MORE (Wyo.), a member of GOP leadership, argued that the proposal "drives a stake into the heart" of the U.S. economy and would result in a "gift" to Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump faces crucial decisions on economy, guns Are Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' MORE (R-Ky.) said he will force a vote on the progressive measure, which is expected next week. It has zero chance of getting the 60 votes needed to advance.

Top Democrats have tried to brush off GOP “trolling” by questioning what Republicans have done to address climate change after taking control of the Senate in 2015.