Trump dismisses climate 'prophets of doom' at Davos as Greta looks on

Climate protest march to Davos begins

"No political ideology or economic structure has been able to tackle the climate and environmental emergency and create a "cohesive and sustainable" world", she said.

The founder of Chinese tech giant Huawei has shrugged off US pressure on his company.

Stiglitz on Tuesday also voiced his frustration at Trump's failure to address head on the climate emergency, beyond a commitment that the US will join an initiative to plant a trillion trees worldwide.

He thanked overseas companies for investing in the United States and said the US was on far better economic standing than he had imagined when he took office three years ago.

Davos delegates may not like Trump but "they like his policies", Ian Bremmer, president of consulting firm Eurasia Group, told Bloomberg TV.

The president, who has pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 Paris climate accord, has traded barbs with Thunberg on social media.

Meanwhile, in what might be the most apt metaphor for the relationship between politics and economics, the Nobel prize victor Joseph Stiglitz wrote fact checking leaflets disputing President Trump's economic claims, distributed on the floor of the Trump talk by his wife, the academic Anya Schiffrin.

Other pressing issues that will be addressed in Davos this year are global growth, income inequality, long-term debt burden, technology war, rising geopolitical conflicts, and workforce development.


Ivanka Trump made a surprise appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos where her father Donald Trump delivered a speech hailing the economic successes of the United States economy.

Trump is due to hold bilateral meetings with Iraqi President Barham Salih, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga and Nechirvan Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, according to the White House. That reality also places governments are the forefront of the response. The global forum focuses on current economic and social issues to help shape global, regional, and industry agendas.

"I'm not a person that can complain about not being heard", she said, prompting laughter from the audience on the first day of the annual WEF meeting.

They also include South African climate activist Ayakha Melithafa, 17, and Canadian Autum Peltier, who has been advocating for water conservation since she was eight.

Just days after Trump scored big wins with China, Mexico, and Canada, the move highlights how Trump is quickly pivoting to make Europe the next front in his protectionist trade war. "We are still telling you to panic, and to act as if you loved your children above all else", she said in her second speech of the day at the forum, which brings together worldwide political and economic leaders.

The threatened tariffs symbolize the growing rift between the United States and Europe, which was on clear display as leaders from the two continents appeared to be talking from different scripts.

Macron did not attend this year's forum in Davos to deal with street protests in France.

In July, France imposed 3 percent tax on the gross revenues of big technology companies, including Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple.

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