Trump says he wants to campaign against the Green New Deal

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Democrats sharpen their message on impeachment MORE said Wednesday that he wants to campaign against the Green New Deal.

"I really don't want to say anything about it. I want them to keep going forward with it because I want to campaign against it," he said of the sweeping climate resolution during an interview with Fox News's Sean Hannity.


The resolution, introduced last month by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders 'very concerned about what appears to be a coup' in Bolivia Trump celebrates resignation of Bolivia's president Sanders touts big crowds in Iowa rallies with Ocasio-Cortez MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDemocrats unifying against Joe Kennedy Senate bid States, green groups challenge rollback of Obama-era lightbulb rules Overnight Energy: Dems ask Trump UN ambassador to recuse from Paris climate dealings | Green group sues agencies for records on climate science | Dem wants answers on Keystone oil spill MORE (D-Mass.), is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the United States while creating millions of "good, high-wage jobs."

Trump previously called the initiative "the most preposterous thing."

"You look at this Green New Deal. It’s the most preposterous thing,” Trump said during a Fox Business interview earlier this month. "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."

Republicans have seized on the initiative ahead of 2020 elections.

Every Democratic senator running for the White House in 2020 has co-sponsored the upper chamber's Green New Deal resolution, though the party remains split over the proposal’s cost and whether its goals are realistic.

The Senate voted 0-57 on taking up the resolution, with 43 Democrats voting present. The measure was expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed to overcome the procedural hurdle.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Biden not ruling out Senate voting to impeach Trump: 'It will depend on what their constituency says' Congress hunts for path out of spending stalemate MORE (R-Ky.) lashed out at the proposal ahead of Tuesday's vote, calling it an item on the "far-left wish list that many of our Democratic colleagues have rushed to embrace."