Greta Thunberg Turns Donald Trump's Words Against Him as She Mocks His Exit

Environmentalist Greta Thunberg has mocked Donald Trump's White House departure by echoing comments he made about her earlier in his presidency.

Back in 2019, Trump tweeted a video of Thunberg giving an emotional speech at a United Nations summit, where she told world leaders they were failing young people when it came to taking action on climate change.

Alongside this, he wrote: "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!"

Thunberg, who became a figurehead for the climate movement after her school strike spread worldwide, shared an image of Trump leaving the White House on Wednesday—adding a similar message.

"He seems like a very happy old man looking forward to a bright and wonderful future," she tweeted. "So nice to see!"

At the time of writing, this post had been liked more than 328,000 times and garnered more than 45,000 retweets.

It is not the first time Thunberg has recycled a Trump comment to use against him.

In 2019, he tweeted that she had an "anger management problem" and wrote: "Chill, Greta, Chill!"

Thunberg then used this line against Trump when he was disputing the election outcome last November.

He seems like a very happy old man looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! pic.twitter.com/G8gObLhsz9

— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) January 20, 2021

So ridiculous. Donald must work on his Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Donald, Chill! https://t.co/4RNVBqRYBA

— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 5, 2020

She tweeted: "So ridiculous. Donald must work on his Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Donald, Chill!"

Asked in December 2019 what she might say to Trump if they met, Thunberg said she would not waste time speaking to him.

She told the BBC: "Honestly, I don't think I would have said anything because obviously he's not listening to scientists and experts, so why would he listen to me?"

Trump has been criticized for his stance on climate change. In 2012, he described it as a Chinese hoax, suggesting it was a means of undermining U.S. industry.

He also pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.

Joe Biden has said the U.S. will rejoin the agreement. His White House will also look at the actions of the Trump administration and reverse those not in line with his commitment to "environmental justice," his transition team said.

Biden is directing all executive departments to review actions taken over the past four years and to "revise those policies that run counter to his commitment to environmental justice, including undoing the harmful rollbacks of clean air and clean water protection that disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color."

Newsweek has contacted Thunberg for further comment.

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is pictured at a protest in front of the Swedish parliament in Stockholm on October 9, 2020. She has mocked Donald Trump's White House departure, turning words he used about her against him. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP via Getty Images