Steven Mnuchin, the United States treasury secretary, said that his earlier remark about Greta Thunberg lacking a degree in economics while giving advice when it comes to the consumption of fossil fuel was intended as a joke, Reuters reported, citing the official's comments, which were made during a Saturday event at the Chatham House in London. "I'm confused", Mnuchin said of Thunberg. "Trust me. I've done this before, and I can assure you that it doesn't work".
Mnuchin said he had a breakfast meeting with his British counterpart minister Sajid Javid on Saturday, having also spoken to him this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
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"I don't know how they evaluate what we say, hopefully they listen, but generally I do think they dismiss us because of our age".
Thunberg responded with a subtle clap-back, changing her Twitter bio to read: "A teenager working on her anger management problem".
There appears to be no love lost between Thunberg and President Trump, who called Time magazine's decision "ridiculous". He followed up after a brief pause, saying, "It was a joke".
During a Q and A after his talk, Mr Mnuchin acknowledged the United States did have security concerns about the possibility of the UK incorporating Huawei into its 5G network, as well as the possible imposition of a digital tax (DST) in the UK which could target USA tech giants, and said he had discussed both issues with opposite number Chancellor Sajid Javid during his visit.
The 17-year-old Swedish star acknowledged such young activists "are being criticized all the time". "But we need to think about the long-term impact on the global currency", he said. "Now chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend". She sat in on Trump's speech Tuesday to the forum, but that did little to bridge their ideological differences.
"We had a few demands (coming into the World Economic Forum)".
"We can not care about those kinds of things", insisting that her priority was drawing attention and action to concerns about global warming.
Sustainability was the topic of scores of panels, meetings and cocktail conversations in Davos, where attendees and the media discussed the implications of recent announcements such as Microsoft's plan to go "carbon negative" by 2030 and Blackrock's commitment to put the issue at the heart of its investment strategy. "No political ideology or economic structure has been able to tackle the climate and environmental emergency".