During a presser on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump responded to a speech previously given by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, at whom he has taken a few proverbial swipes at in the past.
Trump explained that he had not watched Thunberg’s speech, but that he would have “loved to,” and offered the suggestion that the 17-year-old activist “focus” on nations with rising emissions instead of focusing her infamous glare on the United States.
“Some people put it at a level that is unrealistic, to a point that you can’t live your lives,” Trump explained, according to the Daily Wire. “We want to have the cleanest water on earth, we wanna have the cleanest air on earth. Our numbers, as you saw, we had record numbers come out very recently. Our [environmental] numbers are very, very good.”
“We have to do something about other continents, we have to do something about other countries,” he continued. “When we’re clean and beautiful and everything is good, but you have another continent where the fumes are rising at levels that you can’t believe. I think Greta oughta focus on those places.”
“We are doing better right now than we’ve ever done in terms of cleanliness, in terms of numbers,” Trump added.
“We have a beautiful ocean called the Pacific Ocean with thousands and thousands of tons of garbage flowing toward us, and that’s put there by other countries. And I think Greta has to focus on those other countries,” the president concluded.
As DW reported on Tuesday, Thunberg criticized President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord during her speech before the forum, in spite of the fact that the United States has led the world in CO2 emission reductions ever since.
“One year ago I came to Davos and told you that our house is on fire,” Thunberg declared during her remarks. “I said I wanted you to panic. I’ve been warned that telling people to panic about the climate crisis is a very dangerous thing to do. But don’t worry. It’s fine. Trust me, I’ve done this before, and I can assure you it doesn’t lead to anything.”
“The fact that the U.S.A. is leaving the Paris accord seems to outrage and worry everyone, and it should,” she continued. “But the fact that we’re all about to fail the commitments you signed up for in the Paris Agreement doesn’t seem to bother the people in power even the least.”
Trump responds: “Greta should focus on those places” with bad pollution, rising emissions pic.twitter.com/Jq5bTxEXcw
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 22, 2020