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 DelaneyElizabeth Warren moves 'bigly' to out-trump Trump DNC goof: Bloomberg should be on debate stage Bloomberg decides to skip Nevada caucuses MORE said some members of his party seem to be "cheering on a recession" in hopes of weakening President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president 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) MaherPelosi announced as lead guest on season premiere of 'Real Time with Bill Maher' Memorable Trump feuds with celebrities from 2019 As impeachment circus plays on, Congress runs from US obesity crisis 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 ConwayWhite House pushes back on Parnas allegations Trump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up' George Conway group releases ad targeting GOP senator: 'You're just another Trump servant' 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.