Former Secretary of State John Kerry praised Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez‘s (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday, saying she’s “offered more leadership in one day” on climate change than President Donald Trump has “in his lifetime.”
During a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) offered a line of questioning on the cost of the Green New Deal, but Kerry quickly shut the representative down as he called out Republicans for their lack of action on climate change reform.
“Well, let me begin by saying, congressman, there are a lot of different proposals about how to proceed, I don’t know that any of them are coming from your party or your side of the aisle,” Kerry said.
“Do you have a plan to deal with climate change?” he added, noting that Comer is “not sure of the science.”
“But my focus is on how we’re going to move forward,” the former secretary of state elaborated, pointing out that “we all have some differences with one piece of legislation or another.”
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ICYMI: @JohnKerry praises Rep @AOC efforts to combat #climatechange as opposed to #PresidentTrump who refuses to lead on this issue. “Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has in fact offered more leadership in one day or in one week than #PresidentTrump has in his lifetime on this. " pic.twitter.com/iQEtLpHZWA
— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) April 9, 2019
Kerry went on to describe Trump’s approach to climate change, arguing that Ocasio-Cortez has been a significantly stronger leader on the issue.
“But in proposing what she has proposed together with Senator Markey, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has, in fact, offered more leadership in one day or in one week, than President Trump has in his lifetime on this subject,” Kerry proclaimed.
“So we’re talking about it — and my question is where is your proposal? Did you have any hearings on it in the last few years? Mostly on Benghazi if I recall, when I was up here.”
The former secretary of state then advised the congressman to “stop the politics and get down to really serving the people of West Virginia and the people of Kentucky.”