Trump teases Schumer about occasional Ocasio-Cortez challenge

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpSenate rejects attempt to block Biden's Saudi arms sale Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Senate confirms Biden's nominee to lead Customs and Border Protection MORE teased Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBuild Back Better Is bad for the states  Dole to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda Biden points to drug prices in call for Senate social spending vote MORE (D-N.Y.) about an occasional challenge from progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: 'Embarrassment' that Democratic leaders are delaying Boebert punishment Press: GOP freak show: Who's in charge? Democrats race to get ahead of inflation MORE (D-N.Y.), suggesting that she might run for Schumer's seat.

“The Progressives gain far more power with the legislation being currently talked about by failing than if it passes,” Trump said in a statement issued through his Save America PAC on Friday.

“It makes them a true powerhouse. Next up, AOC running against Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerBuild Back Better Is bad for the states  Dole to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda Biden points to drug prices in call for Senate social spending vote MORE for his US Senate Seat,” he continued.

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Ocasio-Cortez, one of the central figures of the progressive wing, has been speculated to run for Schumer’s seat in 2022.

The New York congresswoman has not explicitly ruled out challenging Schumer. However, in a CNN interview aired in August, she said that she can’t operate the way she does while trying to aspire to other goals. 

“I know there's a lot of people who do not believe that, but I really, I can't operate the way that I operate and do the things that I do in politics while trying to be, aspiring to other things or calculating to other things,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Trump’s statement on Friday came as Democrats scrambled to pass a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse approves bill to ease passage of debt limit hike Ocasio-Cortez: 'Embarrassment' that Democratic leaders are delaying Boebert punishment Overnight Health Care — Biden mandate faces Dem resistance MORE (D-Calif.) ultimately delayed the vote amid oppositions from progressives, who wanted to ensure that the package would be passed with the larger $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.