President Donald Trump scoffed at a teenage activist who delivered a passionate speech at the United Nations urging world leaders to do more to combat climate change.
The 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg scolded the audience at the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday, repeatedly asking: "How dare you?" Thunberg said: "We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and, However, all you can talk about is money. You are failing us.
In a tweet Monday night, Trump says: “She looks like a very happy girl who expects a bright and wonderful future. How nice to see it!
Trump had spent only a few minutes at the climate summit, a centerpiece of this year's UN General Assembly calendar.
President Donald Trump was touched by the summit on climate change, choosing to focus instead on religious persecution, an issue that resonates with his evangelical supporters.
Trump arrived in New York in a context of vertiginous international tensions, including questions about his relationship with Ukraine, the uncertain future of Brexit, the US trade war with China, the nuclear negotiations stalled with North Korea and a weakened global economy.
The president met Monday with leaders from Pakistan, Poland, New Zealand, Singapore, Egypt and South Korea.
They will speak to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, with the desire of their administration for a collective response to Iran's escalation of aggression as a priority on the agenda.