John Kerry: Ocasio-Cortez offered 'more leadership in one day' than Trump on climate

John Kerry: Ocasio-Cortez offered 'more leadership in one day' than Trump on climate

Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryDemocrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal GOP senators press State Department for Hunter Biden, Burisma records Krystal Ball hits media over questions on Sanders's electability MORE defended freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Bloomberg's 2020 moves draw ire from Democrats Sanders: Potential Bloomberg run shows 'arrogance of billionaires' Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez see 'class solidarity' in report Bezos asked Bloomberg to run MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday for offering "more leadership in one day or one week than President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE has in his lifetime" on climate change.

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The House Oversight and Reform Committee meeting where Kerry testified was meant to address the intersection of climate change and national security, but several Republicans on the committee used their opening remarks to critique Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal plan to tackle climate change. 

Kerry also criticized Republicans for a failure to offer up a proposal of their own.

"There are a lot of proposals, but none of them are coming from your party or your side of the aisle," Kerry told Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), who had pushed Kerry to explain how the nation would pay for the Green New Deal. 

Kerry came under a fair amount of criticism himself, with Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieGOP lawmaker says newly-released Butina was jailed due to 'Russophobia' O'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats Scalise blasts Democratic legislation on gun reforms MORE (R-Ky.) calling Kerry a “pseudo scientist” in reference to his political science degree.

“Mr. Chairman, this is just not a serious conversation," Kerry said in response to the exchange.

Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter, saying she was "honored and humbled" by Kerry's remark.

--Updated 12:41 p.m.