Speaking to reporters on Wednesday during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump was asked to comment about climate activist Greta Thunberg.
The president had less-than-glowing words for the 17-year-old Swede…
Trump claimed Thunberg’s complaints, specifically some that were targeted toward the United States, were misguided, saying she “ought to focus on” other countries because “everything is good” as far as the U.S. was concerned.
“Our numbers are very good, our environmental numbers. Our water numbers, our numbers on the air are tremendous. We have to do something about other continents and other countries,” Trump said, per reporting from The Independent.
Trump put the blame for some problems seen in the U.S. on other nations as well. “We have a beautiful ocean called the Pacific Ocean where thousands of tons of garbage flows towards us, put there by other countries, so Greta needs to work on them,” he added.
Trump asked reporters about Thunberg’s age, and when they told him she was 17, he sounded incredulous over the accolades that have been bestowed to her.
He also ranted about Greta Thunberg, his impeachment ('a hoax') and his lack of Time magazine cover https://t.co/yriIa2yv4H
— The Independent (@Independent) January 22, 2020
“Oh, that’s good. She beat me out on TIME magazine,” Trump said, referring to her winning TIME’s Person of the Year honors late last year.
It’s not the first time Trump made disparaging comments about the climate activist winning the award over him.
In December, Trump sent out a tweet toward Thunberg, calling her winning Person of the Year a “ridiculous” outcome. He added that the climate activist needed to “work on her Anger Management problem,” per prior reporting from HillReporter.com.
Trump’s claims that the U.S. is doing just fine on climate change issues and pollution in general are not entirely accurate. While the country isn’t the worst offender of clean air violations, it does have a ways to go. As Business Insider pointed out, air quality is actually getting worse under Trump’s watch.
Water quality is also a concern. A report from BuzzFeed News published on Wednesday demonstrated that drinking water in dozens of American cities are contaminated with toxic PFAS pollutants, which are sometimes called “forever chemicals” because they build up in the body rather than getting flushed out over time. PFAS have been linked to higher cancer rates and lower fertility numbers.