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Rude Trump Openly Disrespects Female Swiss Leader When She Mentions Climate Change
Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday at one of the financial world’s biggest events focused on his presidential accomplishments, in stark contrast with pretty much every other world leader at Davos who emphasized global cooperation and an urgent need to address climate change.
“The United States is by far the strongest economic power in the world. It’s not even close,” Trump said in a rather boring 30-minute address, during which he rattled off statistics about how much the U.S. stock market has increased and the unemployment rate has decreased since he took office in 2017.
He talked about an “economic boom the likes of which the world has never seen before,” as he described his formula of cutting taxes, slashing regulations and renegotiating trade deals to boost the economy.
Trump’s remarks were a noticeable break from key European leaders who spoke on the main stage minutes before Trump. They all urged global cooperation to tackle the world’s biggest challenges, especially climate change.
“The world is on fire,” Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga said before playing a video of bees losing their habitat as the environment shifts. “We can no longer stand by and watch.”
Sommaruga appeared to be talking about the United States, when she said, “We need politicians to take action in their own countries.”
Later Trump met for a bilateral with Sommaruga, and he couldn’t have acted more disinterested.
When the Swiss President mentioned climate change, Trump basically just ignored her and responded with short, curt responses. “Sure” he said.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 21, 2020
Twitter had some thoughts:
He really doesn’t want to listen to her. A very passive/aggressive good.
— M. Resists (@AngryFedupVtr) January 21, 2020
Wow, trump’s body language is so telling. If the conversation isn’t about him he’s not interested. #IMPOTUS
— jann sloan (@jannsloan) January 21, 2020
Wow, he didn’t TRY to act as if he gives a sh!t.
— UnitedWeAreStrong.DividedWeWillFall. (@RiteD0) January 21, 2020
Trump is out of his element when talking to intelligent people, that is why he refers to name calling and/or short answers “sure, good!!!
— jlshipe💫 (@jlshipe) January 21, 2020
The woman speaking is probably using her 3rd or 4th language (the Swiss speak both French and German as a matter of course daily, and many also speak Italian), and she's doing pretty well.
Meanwhile, Drumpf can only manage "good."
— ElizabethGalaida (@egalaida) January 21, 2020