Donald Trump has appeared to mock teenage activist Greta Thunberg after her passionate speech at the United Nations on climate change.
The US president posted a seemingly sarcastic tweet about the 16-year-old, in which he said she “seems a like a very happy young girl” who is “looking forward to a bright and wonderful future” alongside a video of her UN address.
A tearful Thunberg told world leaders gathered at a climate action summit in New York that “we are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth”.
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” she said.
“How dare you?”
In a tweet to his 64.7 million followers, Mr Trump wrote: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”
Mr Trump, who has previously described climate change as a “hoax”, spent only a few minutes at the climate summit, a centrepiece of this year’s UN General Assembly schedule.
Thunberg, who sailed across the Atlantic in a yacht to attend the event, was filmed glaring at the president as he walked past her on Monday.
In her emotional and charged speech, the teenager reprimanded those who she accused of ignoring science and being too slow in their approach to tackle the world’s contributions to climate change.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres ruled that countries would only be allowed to speak at the summit if they brought plans to reduce carbon emissions.
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China, India, France, Germany and the UK were among those present, while Brazil and Saudi Arabia stayed away.
Thunberg told the audience: “You say you hear us and understand the urgency but no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that.
“If you really understood the situation, and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil and that I refuse to believe.”
She added: “You are failing us. But young people are starting to understand your betrayal.”
Following her speech, Democratic presidential hopeful Julian Castro tweeted: “I think a lot of us can relate.”