After Angry Speech by Teen Activist, Trump Responds

President appears to troll Greta Thunberg by saying she looks 'very happy'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2019 6:25 AM CDT
After Angry Speech by Teen Activist, Trump Responds
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg of Sweden addresses the Climate Action Summit in the United Nations General Assembly Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg condemned world leaders in a UN speech Monday, and President Trump took notice. "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future," tweeted President Trump. "So nice to see!" The tweet is widely seen as Trump mocking the young climate activist—see coverage at Politico, the Daily Beast, and Newsweek. Trump might have noticed another Thunberg moment that went viral—she fixed him with a steely stare as he passed in front of her at the climate summit, per the BBC, which has the images. The Trump tweet came after Fox News apologized because one of its contributors referred to Thunberg as a "mentally ill Swedish child" after her speech.

"The comment made by Michael Knowles who was a guest on The Story tonight was disgraceful—we apologize to Greta Thunberg and to our viewers," the network said in a statement, per the Hollywood Reporter. Thunberg has Asperger's, which she has referred to as her "superpower." The Knowles comment drew condemnation from the Autism Society as "cruel and wrong." Another thing that might not please Trump—Thunberg just got nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, reports SBS News. At the UN on Monday, Trump suggested he deserved the prize but wouldn't get it because the system is rigged against him, reports Politico. In particular, he mocked the decision to give one to President Obama early in his presidency. (Obama, meanwhile, met with Thunberg and is a fan.)

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