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GOP ready to weaponize Green New Deal for 2020

In this image, Trump stands and talks in between Mitch McConnell and Sen. Roy Blunt.
Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Roy Blunt look on as President Trump speaks to media before attending the Senate Republican weekly policy lunch. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

A Senate aide tells Axios that President Trump said he wants to run on the Green New Deal in 2020.

What he's saying: While speaking at Tuesday's Senate Republican lunch, Trump said, "You guys have done a great job on the Green New Deal. But don't kill it too badly, because I want to run on this" in 2020.

Driving the news: No Senate Democrat voted for a Green New Deal resolution when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought it up for a vote — even though all the 2020 candidates are co-sponsors.

  • Most Dems voted "present" (neither for nor against), because they thought McConnell was trying to trap them — to put them on the record so they can be held accountable in campaigns. Four senators in the Democratic caucus voted no.

Be smart: They're right.

  • "It couldn’t have gone better for us," said a Senate Republican leadership aide. "Everyone’s happy this got a vote and that it was unanimously rejected by the Senate."
  • So that's the Republicans' message: The Senate unanimously rejected the Green New Deal, one of Democrats' defining policies of 2020.

Go deeper: Where each 2020 presidential candidate stands on the GND

Editor's note: This piece was corrected to show all 2020 Dem candidates are co-sponsors (not all Democrats) and to add there were 4 in the Dem caucus who voted no.