GRETA Thunberg has sassed Donald Trump on Twitter after he mocked her emotional speech at the UN climate action summit.
The 16-year-old activist has changed her Twitter bio to describe herself as “a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future,” following Trump’s tweet with exactly the same wording.
Greta Thunberg gave Donald Trump a furious look as he arrived at the UN climate action summit on Monday[/caption]
In a tweet late on Monday, Trump took aim at the teen’s emotional speech to UN leaders in which she
told them: “I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean.
“Yet you all come to us for hope.
“How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.
“We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and yet all you can talk about is money. You are failing us.”
The US president wrote: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”
His tweet came after the campaigning young Swede was pictured glaring at the US President as he arrived at the summit.
The bizarre turn of events comes after Thunberg received a barrage of criticism following the speech Trump mocked.
Piers Morgan said he didn’t have a problem with the activist, and acknowledged that climate change was a huge issue – but felt her dramatic tone made it “seem as though the world was ending right now.”
The teenager said emissions should be cut to keep temperature rises to 1.5C, beyond which scientists have warned the impacts of climate change become much more severe.
And she warned that the situation could not be solved by “business as usual” and some technological solutions.
“The eyes of all future generations are on you. If you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you.”
She added: “Right now, right here is where we draw the line. The world is waking up, change is coming, whether you like it or not.”
Thunberg also saw criticism from Fox News puntit Michael Knowles, who called the autistic teenager “a mentally ill Swedish child” on the air.
Fox news apologised, but Knowles – who writes for the conservative news site The Daily Wire – defended his remarks on Twitter, where he accused Ms. Thunberg’s supporters of exploiting her.
Other commenters accused those surrounding the teen of child abuse, blasting guardians who they claim are using her as a “political shield.”
Federalist editor David Harsanyi tweeted: “The idea that they can use a kid as a political shield, give her immense coverage, and then no [one] is allowed to talk about the substance of her arguments because she is a kid … is just silly.”
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And Human Events managing editor Ian Miles Cheong tweeted: “Am I a bad person for thinking children shouldn’t be used as political props like Greta Thunberg?”
Until now, Thunberg has stayed quiet in response to most criticism – only ever insisting that her activism was her own work, not her parents.
But the American leader and climate change sceptic now looks to be the first target of Thunberg’s Swedish sarcasm.
Greta Thunberg gave a passionate speech to the United Nations[/caption]
The teenager said world leaders had ‘stolen my dreams[/caption]
Trump did not stay for Greta’s speech, but a video of the pair in the lobby of the UN headquarters in New York has gone viral[/caption]