President Trump responded to climate activist Greta Thunberg’s United Nations speech with some lighthearted humor, as Politico reports.
On Monday, the Swedish teenager gave a speech claiming, without evidence, that “people are suffering, people are dying,” and “entire ecosystems are collapsing,” which she claimed was indicative of “a mass extinction.”
In response, President Trump retweeted the video of her speech and commented: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”
The two briefly ended up in the same room at the U.N. when President Trump unexpectedly made an appearance there; in a video that has since gone viral, Thunberg was kept at the back of the room by security as President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and others entered.
The president did not acknowledge Thunberg’s presence, and instead briefly spoke to reporters about the economy and tensions with Iran. He then went on to attend a different summit at the U.N. focusing on religious freedom around the world, the first of its kind.