President Donald Trump tweeted his thoughts Tuesday on 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg as the two appeared at the United Nations General Assembly this week.
The president said Thunberg “seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future,” adding, “So nice to see!”
She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! https://t.co/1tQG6QcVKO
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
However, Trump’s words were likely laced with sarcasm, as he was responding to a video of Thunberg’s UN speech on climate change in which she spoke of suffering and extinction because of the inaction of world leaders.
“People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth,” Thunberg said Monday in front of the General Assembly.
Thunberg also accused world leaders of stealing her dreams and her childhood by refusing to tackle the threat of climate change, which she claims will cause irreversible damage to the planet in the next decade or so.
Trump and Thunberg have not spoken in person, although they crossed paths early on during the conference. Thunberg could be seen glaring at the president from afar as he spoke to reporters Monday before making a surprise appearance at the UN’s climate action summit. (RELATED: Trump Makes Surprise Visit To UN Climate Summit Before Holding Meeting On Religious Freedom)
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The teen activist previously said she does not wish to meet with Trump because she does not believe he would listen to what she has to say.