President Donald Trump blasted climate “prophets of doom” in a speech at Davos attended by teen climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Trump did not directly name Thunberg but made references to climate “alarmists” in what is widely believed to be a reference to Time “person of the year” Thunberg.
Yahoo reports though President Donald Trump has mocked teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg before, he did not mention her by name in a speech Tuesday that nonetheless implied she was a “prophet of doom” — with her reportedly in the audience.
Both Trump, 73, and 17-year-old Thunberg, made speeches Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Each year, a (sometimes controversial) group of business and political leaders gathers there to discuss the world’s major issues.
Climate change was among those issues this year, where Thunberg and Trump gave what The Washington Post described as “a head-on collision of worldviews.”
Thunberg was in attendance for Trump’s speech, according to the BBC.
In his Tuesday speech, according to the Post, the president touted the economy: “America is thriving; America is flourishing, and, yes, America is winning again like never before.” But he dismissed fears about the perils of man-made climate change. (And he did not mention his ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate.)
Trump referred to activists such as Thunberg, without naming her specifically, as “these alarmists [who] always demand the same thing — absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives.”
He called them “heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune tellers,” the BBC reported.