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Greta Thunberg has revealed that Donald Trump‘s criticism ‘makes no difference’ to her.

The 16-year-old climate activist made the comments during a recent interview on Scandinavian talk show Skavlan. Documentary maker Michael Moore was also a guest on the episode.

Thunberg revealed that she doesn’t like small talk – or many people – which spurred host Fredrik Skavlan to ask her whether that was the reason she ‘didn’t go up to Trump at the [recent United Nations climate conference] for a small chit chat’.

Greta .v. POTUS

“Maybe not the biggest reason,” Thunberg answered, prompting laughter from the audience. 

“But I do cancel meetings with heads of state because I don’t want to make small talk with them – because I know all it’s going to be about.”

Asked what she was thinking during the now-famous moment she gave Trump an angry stare, Thunberg said: “I was shocked because suddenly security came in and said ‘you have to step to the side’. I wondered what was going on, then he showed up. I think he was very shocked.”

‘A very happy young girl’

After Thunberg’s emotional speech at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, Trump retweeted a WIRED article which quoted Thunberg talking about the devastation of climate change.

Trump wrote: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”

Speaking about what appeared to be a sarcastic comment, Thunberg said: “You can interpret it in many different ways, but I knew that at some time, he was probably going to say something about me, and it doesn’t make any difference.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.