Trump dismisses climate 'prophets of doom' as Greta Thunberg looks on

Trump dismisses climate 'prophets of doom' as Greta Thunberg looks on”

US President Donald Trump speaks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen prior to their meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on January 21, 2020.

"This is not a time for pessimism, this is a time for optimism", the president said as Thunberg watched from the audience, the outlet reported.

However he cautioned that to "embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse".

Ms Thunberg brushed aside Mr Trump's announcement the United States would join the economic forum's initiative to plant one trillion trees across the globe to help capture carbon dioxide from Earth's atmosphere.

Trump also defended his trade policy, noting that his trade achievements would not be possible without tariffs. Climate change is a focal point of this year's meeting in Davos of political and business leaders.

Her remarks contrasted with those of Trump.

He was speaking hours before his impeachment trial gets under way in the US Senate.

Trump said the USA would join an initiative to plant a trillion trees, but spent several minutes of his speech hailing the economic importance of the oil and gas industries.

"We've regained our stride, rediscovered our spirit and we've reawakened the powerful machinery of American enterprise".

The transition to a carbon-free economy will take over 50 years, and "the key thing that we need to do is find ways to mitigate those risks while we are dependent on carbon", he said.

Many at Davos are preparing for another four years of Trump, expecting him to win a second term in November's presidential election, according to Eurasia's Bremmer.

Elsewhere the consensus was that he was significantly over-claiming on the "deal" with China.

"This is a blue-collar boom", he said, adding that factories and companies were flowing back to the country. The effects are clear but they are still too uncomfortable for you to address.

Trump said in his speech that he and Chinese leader Xi Jinping "love each other" even after their fight over trade.

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

"If anybody is going to tax these companies, it's going to be U.S.", Trump said Tuesday shortly after confirming that Macron had agreed to delay the digital tax this year in exchange for Trump holding off on the tariffs. He leaves Davos on Wednesday. Hanging over the trip this time, however, is his impeachment trial set to formally begin in the Senate. Trump will nearly certainly be acquitted by the Republican majority in the Senate, but the trial may produce surprises.

Still, the concerns among the business and political elite are real.

After days of uncertainty over whether Trump would actually attend the meeting in Davos, especially considering his impeachment trial in the underway, the USA president landed in the Swiss Alps on Tuesday.

Data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) showed the Trump Administration, over 33 months in the White House, have created 6.25 million jobs. He also claimed that US air and water was cleaner than ever.

Once Trump leaves on Wednesday, the US delegation will be led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

"The climate and environment is a hot topic right now, thanks to young people pushing", Thunberg told those at the annual gathering in a ski resort in the Swiss alps, Bloomberg News reported.

Subscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source. He touted his agenda but added: "America First does not mean America alone".

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