Donald Trump facing tough questions at the United Nations

Donald Trump ‘ignores’ climate activist Greta Thunberg in New York

A clip of US President Donald Trump walking past teen climate activist Greta Thunberg in the corridors of the United Nations in New York has gone viral.

The brief video, which made waves online, appeared to show Mr Trump ignoring the 16-year-old Swede who was behind him, as the UN was holding a key summit on climate change on Monday.

Donald Trump ignores Greta Thunberg at the UN. Picture: YouTube

The video was quickly picked up by Sky News, Euronews and online outlet Now This, and was also shared on Twitter by foreign policy guru Ian Bremmer.

The clip was also made into a GIF to make it more easily shareable.

The video appeared to have been originally filmed by the Reuters news agency, which was following the president as he made a three-day visit to New York for the UN General Assembly.

‘HOW DARE YOU?’

Thunberg earlier gave an impassioned speech at the climate event, telling world leaders they were failing young people by not acting to stop the climate crisis. Mr Trump, who was not scheduled to appear, dropped in for a few minutes before leaving to host a side event on religious freedom. The president has often voiced his scepticism about climate science and has even claimed it was a Chinese hoax.

Earlier, a visibly angry Thunberg berated world leaders as she addressed a UN climate summit on Monday, accusing them of betraying her generation by failing to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and asking “How dare you?”

The Swedish teen, who has become the global face of the growing youth movement against climate inaction, began by telling her audience: “My message is that we’ll be watching you,” eliciting laughter.

Greta Thunberg was not amused as Donald Trump completely blanked her. Picture: YouTube

But it was soon clear that the tone of the message would be very serious. “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back at school on the other side of the ocean,” the 16-year-old, who is taking a year off from her studies, said.

“You come to us young people for hope. How dare you?” she thundered. “You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing.

“We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is the money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

She added that in her talks with leaders, she had been told that the youth were being heard and the urgency was understood.

“But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that, because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil, and that I refuse to believe.”

Greta Thunberg spoke passionately at the UN in New York. Picture: Getty Images/AFP

Thunberg, who often appears uncomfortable in the limelight and is seen as a reluctant leader, then detailed the various targets that were being missed, heightening the risk of “irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.” She also took aim at the summit called by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to ask countries to expand their commitments saying: “There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures here today because these numbers are too uncomfortable, and you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is.” “You are failing us,” she concluded. “But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal.

“The eyes of all future generations, are upon you, And if you choose to fail us. I say, we will never forgive you!”

US President Donald Trump has been lashing out at political rival, Joe Biden. Picture: AFPJoe Biden is in Donald Trump’s crosshairs. Picture: Getty Images/AFP

TRUMP SAYS CALL WAS ABOVE BOARD

Meanwhile, Mr Trump is denying that he told the president of Ukraine that his country would only get US aid if they investigated the son of Democratic rival Joe Biden.

During a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations, Mr Trump said emphatically: “I didn’t do it.”

He said he hoped people would be able to eventually see a transcript of the call. He says if his critics ever see it, they will be “very disappointed.”

Mr Trump said he didn’t put “any pressure” on Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden. His comments came amid reports he pressured Ukraine’s leader to help investigate political rival Joe Biden at the same time the White House was withholding $250 million in aid to the Eastern European nation.

The top Senate Democrat is calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to investigate a whistleblower’s complaint about President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine.

Chuck Schumer says in a letter Monday to McConnell that the Republicans’ “see no evil, hear no evil” attitude toward the president’s actions “is unacceptable and must change.” The New York Democrat called on McConnell to take five specific steps to probe the situation, including issuing a subpoena to compel the whistleblower’s complaint to be delivered to Congress.

Schumer also said Republicans should tell the White House to release transcripts of Trump’s conversation with the Ukrainian president and identify who in the White House sought to delay $US250 million ($370 million) in aid to Ukraine. Mr Trump reportedly asked the foreign leader to investigate his chief political rival, Joe Biden.


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