Ocasio-Cortez snaps back at Trump after he disparages ‘Green New Deal’

New York Democrat highlighted president’s neglect of written intelligence briefing books

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., defended her “Green New Deal” resolution from President Donald Trump's comments at a rally in El Paso, Texas, on Sunday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez snapped back at Donald Trump on Monday after the president took a swipe at the literary merits of the “Green New Deal” House resolution she championed.

“It sounds like a high school term paper that got a low mark,” Trump said at a campaign-style rally in El Paso, Texas, referring to the legislation that was written in standard House format.

Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat with perhaps the most clout on social media of any House member today, took aim at Trump’s reported disregard for written memos and intelligence reports in favor of truncated oral briefings.


“Ah yes, a man who can’t even read briefings written in full sentences is providing literary criticism of a House Resolution,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter during Trump’s rally on Monday.

She then referenced a Washington Post report from February 2018, wherein a source told the Post that the daily intelligence book that presidents traditionally receive and review every morning is not Trump’s “preferred ‘style of learning.’”

Many prominent Democratic candidates for president in 2020 have lined up in support of the Green New Deal resolution, sponsored by Ocasio-Cortez in the House and Sen. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts in the Senate.


Trump: Green New Deal sounds like a ‘high school term paper that got a low mark’

In an October report, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that unless urgent and drastic action is taken, global temperatures could rise by 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) between 2030 and 2052, which could have catastrophic repercussions for the economy, the environment, humans and wildlife.

That report was followed in November by the multi-agency Fourth National Climate Assessment report that issued similarly urgent warnings about the potential for damage across all sectors of the U.S. economy because of incidents exacerbated by climate change.

The resolution calls for lawmakers to address the problems outlined in those reports with an ambitious 10-year plan to revolutionize the energy and economic structure in the U.S.

Elvina Nawaguna contributed to this report.

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