Ivanka Trump Reacts to Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, Says Most Americans 'Want to Work for What They Get'

White House presidential adviser Ivanka Trump attends a panel discussion during the 55th Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, on February 16. CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images

Ivanka Trump has responded to the economic program touted by progressive Democrats and spearheaded by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, saying most Americans "want to work for what they get."

The first daughter, who is a senior adviser in her father's White House, made the comments on Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal while speaking to Fox News's Steve Hilton.

"You've got people who will see that offer from the Democrats, from the progressive Democrats, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 'Here's the Green New Deal, here's the guarantee of a job,' and think, 'Yeah, that's what I want, it's that simple.' What do you say to those people?" Hilton asked the first daughter.

"I don't think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something. I've spent a lot of time traveling around this country over the last four years. People want to work for what they get," Trump said.

"So, I think that this idea of a guaranteed minimum is not something most people want. They want the ability to be able to secure a job. They want the ability to live in a country where there's the potential for upward mobility," she added.

Ocasio-Cortez has made headlines for pursuing the Green New Deal, which she launched with Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts earlier this month. The bold initiative seeks to eliminate greenhouse gas pollution in the United States over the next decade. The deal also seeks to address inequality by guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage.

The Green New Deal's detractors have dismissed it as impractical, while some Republicans have welcomed it, believing the deal is so radical that it will drive away moderate voters from the Democratic ticket. "I would like them to push it as far as they can. I'd like to see it on the floor. I'd like to see them actually have to vote on it," Representative Mike Simpson, an Idaho Republican, told Politico as the deal was launched. "It's crazy. It's loony," he added.

Hilton asked Ivanka Trump if she thought voters would face a stark decision between President Donald Trump and the GOP's capitalism versus Democratic socialism in 2020. Trump praised her father's economic record, stating that Americans would respond to an improved economic situation.

"So, as an American, families sitting down and thinking about their financial situation relative to a month ago or a year ago, America is doing very well and it stands in quite sharp contrast to the rest of the world. So, not only are we doing well, much of the world has slowed down in terms of the pace of their growth."

She went on to praise her father's workforce development initiative, saying it would allow the economy to thrive. Fox's full interview with Ivanka Trump airs on Sunday.