DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump promoted the success of the US economy in Davos on Tuesday, dismissing the “perennial prophets of fatality” on climate change to an audience that included Greta Thunberg .
With his trial trial scheduled to begin in Washington, Trump largely avoided environmental problems, which are the main agenda at the meeting at a Swiss ski resort of business leaders for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.
Trump did not refer directly to the Swedish teenage activist Thunberg, who responded to his speech referring to “empty words and promises” from world leaders.
“You say children shouldn’t worry … don’t be so pessimistic and then, nothing, silence,” said star actor Thunberg in his last high-profile meeting with the president of the United States.
Trump said the United States would join an initiative to plant a billion trees, but spent several minutes of his speech acclaiming the economic importance of the oil and gas industries.
After days of uncertainty about whether Trump would actually attend the meeting in Davos, especially given that his political trial in the United States is underway, the president of the United States landed in the Swiss Alps on Tuesday.
It was the second time Trump took the stage at the WEF meeting. Two years ago, he urged companies to invest in the United States after approving the first tax cuts to encourage business spending.
This year, he stuck to the subject. In a wide-ranging speech released to attract the Davos crowd, promoting his administration’s achievements despite his unorthodox approach, Trump picked up some of the issues he expressed in 2018.
He thanked foreign companies for investing in the United States and said that the United States had a much better economic position than he had imagined when he took office three years ago.
“The time of skepticism is over,” Trump said inviting more foreign money.
“For every business that is looking for a place to succeed … there is no better place than the United States,” he added.
He told a crowded audience that the trade agreements reached this month with China and Mexico represented a model and gave their biggest blow to the Federal Reserve, whose policies, according to him, are holding back the US economy.
“The Federal Reserve raised rates too quickly and lowered them too slowly,” Trump said of the Federal Reserve, pointing to the political decisions of the central bank.
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Thunberg, one of the many young people who spoke in Davos this year, left Trump’s leadership flanked by security and pursued by cameramen and reporters.
Later, Trump told reporters: “I am a great believer in the environment. I want the cleanest water and the cleanest air.”
However, Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz criticized the president’s coup against climate activists.
“As if what we are seeing with our eyes is not there. It’s amazing, “said Stiglitz.
In Washington, the trial trial begins in the US Senate seriously. UU. After the Republican president was formally accused in December by the House of Representatives controlled by the Democrats for “crimes and misdemeanors.”
Trump, who is expected to be acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate, says he is innocent of the charges.
Additional reports by Anne Marie Roantree, Alessandra Galloni, Simon Robinson and Leela de Kretser; Edition by Alexander Smith