Delaney: 'It feels like some Democrats are cheering on a recession'

Delaney: 'It feels like some Democrats are cheering on a recession'
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Democratic presidential candidate John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyDeval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne Delaney to take message to Iowa voters on Sunday with infomercial Bloomberg run should push Warren to the center — but won't MORE said some members of his party seem to be "cheering on a recession" in hopes of weakening President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE.

“It feels like some Democrats are cheering on a recession because they want to stick it to Trump,” the former Maryland congressman told reporters Wednesday. “I don’t want a recession because I don’t want these workers in here to face a recession.”

“But I worry that Trump's policies are bringing one on,” he added.

Delaney declined to name which Democrats he was referring to when pressed.

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"I'm not gonna name names, but you just get a sense," he said before pivoting and repeating his point that he hopes a recession doesn't happen but that he believes Trump's policies could lead to one.

"I just think it's very important that we be clear as a party that we don't want a recession, right, because his economic policies are bad," he said. "I think they're ultimately going to unwind. I don't want that to happen. I'm an American, I want the country to do well."

"Do you think members of the Democratic Party are actively looking for a recession?" a reporter asked.

"I didn't say that," Delaney responded.

Economists have warned about growing signs of a possible recession, though it was unclear which Democrats or presidential candidates Delaney might have been referring to on Wednesday.

A Delaney campaign spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

Trump previously accused the media of playing up economic worries in hopes of hurting him politically.

"The Fake News Media is doing everything they can to crash the economy because they think that will be bad for me and my re-election," the president tweeted earlier this month.

Liberal comedian and commentator Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) MaherLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight If Trump was such a dictator, Donny Deutsch would be in prison Maher: The Clintons need to 'go away' for 2020 election MORE has been among few figures to openly express a desire for a recession, arguing that the country could survive an economic slowdown but could not survive another Trump term.

Trump and administration officials have dismissed warnings about a possible recession, with White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayNBC signs Mueller 'pit bull' prosecutor Andrew Weissman as legal analyst George Conway and Trump Jr. trade personal insults during impeachment hearing Conway: Trump reacted 'pretty well' to impeachment hearing because 'there was nothing new' MORE telling reporters this week that "the fundamentals of the economy are very strong."

Administration officials have also defended Trump’s tariffs on China, claiming they will hurt only China and not American consumers and farmers as many economists have said.