Trump Touts US Economic Success at World Economic Forum

Thunberg calls for action ahead of forum in Davos

Despite concerns about emissions, Trump praised the USA as one of the world's largest producers of natural gas.

A climate change activist from Norwich will be speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he will urge billionaires in attendance to go green.

Of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump said: "He's for China, I'm for the USA, but other than that we love each other".

"This was the wreckage I was elected to clean up", he added, and the number one reason he ran for president.

Even before the Davos meeting began, Thunberg was warning world leaders to listen to her.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg said Tuesday "basically nothing" has changed since she started protesting about climate change 18 months ago.

Trump's participation in the annual World Economic Forum will provide a conspicuous split-screen moment in a presidency familiar with them.

The 17-year-old said that "pretty much nothing" has been done to reduce Carbon dioxide emissions, and appealed to world leaders to listen to young people's concerns: "The science and voice of young people is not the center of the conversation, but it needs to be".

Hundreds of climate protesters who are on a three-day protest march from Landquart to Davos pass the city of Klosters, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Following in Thunberg's footsteps, other young activists are also taking part this year, including South African climate activist Ayakha Melithafa, Irish teen scientist Fionn Ferreira.


The 17-year-old made her comments after she was asked what had changed since she launched her student climate strike movement in August 2018, France24 reports.

Much of Mr Trump's speech revolved around the success of the U.S. economy.

At the heart of his speech was a claim to have revolutionized the American economy over three years with a "blue collar boom" that was only just beginning - a message perhaps tailored more for Detroit than Davos.

"We basically withstood the challenges", Ren said.

Thunberg will deliver her own speech at the World Economic Forum later on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has been featured on Time Magazine's cover page along with four other world leaders in the publication's special edition on the World Economic Forum.

Trump also will have his first meeting with the new European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, the first woman to hold the position.

"I am not the person who should complain about not being heard", she said to appreciative laughter.

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