“I don’t agree with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but today she is the number one rock star in American politics.

“Now she is as strong as (speaker of the house) Nancy Pelosi, but just a year ago she was a waitress working night shifts. Today she eats at the same table as Trump and Pelosi. And we are talking about the most powerful nation in the world,” he told the newspaper.

When asked about whether he liked her, he countered by saying: “I love her! She has what it takes to win. Determination, courage, tenacity.”

However he was dismissive of her progressive agenda and her views of economics.