President Donald Trump told Sean Hannity in an exclusive phone interview that he is eager to run against the Green New Deal in 2020 and hopes Democrats keep pushing it in Congress. 

Trump said he doesn't want to criticize the proposal, which has been championed by freshman Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), too harshly, fearing the left will drop it altogether.

"I'm afraid that they'll stop using it because I really do want to campaign against it, it's ridiculous. It's crazy and it will cost 100 trillion dollars," he said, adding that the proposed radical changes to the U.S. economy to fight climate change would be "catastrophic."

"I really look forward to campaigning [against it]. It's just a little bit early. Just like Elizabeth Warren, I hit her too hard, too early and now it looks like she's finished. I wish she would have been in the race," Trump stated.


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Responding on "America's Newsroom," Josh Holmes, former chief of staff to Sen. Mitch McConnell, noted that no Senate Democrats voted in favor of the nonbinding Green New Deal resolution on Wednesday. Four voted "no," while the rest voted "present" at the urging of Ocasio-Cortez.

She accused Majority Leader McConnell of "rushing" the vote to the Senate floor without hearings, asking, "Why does the Senate GOP refuse to hold any major hearings on climate change?"

Holmes said Senate Democrats cannot feel good about taking direction from a freshman member of the House. 

"She's sort of Geppetto with the marionette telling them what they can and can't vote on. This is just another fun new wrinkle to 2020, right?" he said.

Watch more from the "Hannity" exclusive interview below as Trump talks about the Mueller probe's end and his push to declassify documents central to the origins of the investigation in 2016. 



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