As the finance world eagerly awaited to hear what US President Donald Trump would tell the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump hit back at calls for more action on climate.
The President hit out at ““perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse” about the environment.
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“They are the errors of yesterday’s fortune-tellers,” Trump claimed, “and we have them and I have them and they want to see us do badly, but we don’t let that happen,” adding that in order to “embrace the possibilities of tomorrow,” we must reject the warnings of such individuals.
“I’m not a person that can complain about not being heard,” Greta Thunberg said, prompting laughter from the audience on the first day of the annual WEF meeting.
“The science and voice of young people is not the centre of the conversation, but it needs to be.”
In his address, Mr Trump mostly avoided environmental issues, instead talking up the US economy.
But he later told reporters: “I’m a very big believer in the environment. I want the cleanest water and the cleanest air”.