Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg memorably mocked ex-President Donald Trump on his way out of office on Wednesday. Thunberg has spent her time in the spotlight working to bring attention to the dire situation of climate change across the world, while Trump, to say the least, never approached climate change with any particular urgency. While in office, he moved to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate deal, and his administration also worked to roll back environmental protections in the United States — although notably, on his final full day in office, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit set aside a plan from the Trump administration that would have restricted efforts to stop the spread of greenhouse gases.
On Wednesday, Thunberg posted an image of Trump leaving the White House alongside the following caption:
‘He seems like a very happy old man looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!’
Check out her post below:
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
Back in 2019, after Thunberg spoke at a gathering of the United Nations, then-President Trump mocked her conviction with similar language. Writing via his since-removed Twitter account, Trump mockingly said that Thunberg “seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future,” which he said was “[so] nice to see!” Thunberg was, of course, one of many leading public figures who Trump publicly complained about during his presidency. On his way out of office, Trump went to his Mar-a-Lago resort in south Florida — although an agreement that the Trump Organization struck with local authorities stipulates that no one is allowed to live on the premises full time.
Going forward, President Biden has already rejoined the Paris climate deal, and he’s also, among other actions, reversed the Trump administration’s planned withdrawal from the World Health Organization. One of the next high-profile items on the agenda is working on a new COVID-19 relief package, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Thursday that the House would quickly get working on the legislation. In the Senate, Democrats might have to resort to a process called budget reconciliation, which requires a simple majority of the chamber for measures to pass.