'A very happy old man': Greta Thunberg mocks Donald Trump with his own Twitter barb

Ms Thunberg's post was a reversal of remarks Mr Trump aimed at her in 2019.

Greta Thunberg has mocked Donald Trump with his own words

Greta Thunberg has mocked Donald Trump with his own words Source: AP

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday renewed a feud with Donald Trump, saying the former US president "seems like a very happy old man looking forward to a bright and wonderful future".

The teenager was reversing a barb that Mr Trump, who frequently disputes the science behind climate change, had aimed at her in 2019 when he wrote on Twitter that "she seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future".

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The tweet was a sarcastic response to a fiery speech given by Ms Thunberg at the United Nations where she told world leaders: "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. How dare you?"

In response, Ms Thunberg later modified her Twitter biography, referring to herself as "a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future".

Mr Trump withdrew the US from a 2015 international accord designed to limit greenhouse gases, a move that new President Joe Biden has promised to reverse.

The outgoing leader told last year's Davos forum that the world "must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse".



Ms Thunberg's campaigning has earned her Amnesty International's top human rights prize and the Swedish Right Livelihood Award, often presented as an alternative Nobel, and she was named the 2019 person of the year by Time magazine.

The pair previously clashed on social media following Mr Trump's defeat in November's election, when she posted a message telling him to work on his "Anger Management problem", adding: "Chill Donald, chill!"

Mr Trump had used the same phrase to mock Ms Thunberg a year earlier.


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Published 21 January 2021 at 3:13pm
Source: AFP, SBS