Mnuchin says Greta Thunberg can tell us what to do ‘after she goes and studies economics in college’

Mnuchin mocks Greta Thunberg at Davos

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attends a session at the Congress center during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 21, 2020. FABRICE COFFRINI | AFP via Getty Images

Key Points:

  • Speaking at a press briefing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Mnuchin was asked whether the world’s largest economy needed to completely and immediately divest from fossil fuels.
  • “Is she the chief economist or who is she? I’m confused,” Mnuchin said, before adding this was “a joke. That was funny.”
  • “After she goes and studies economics in college she can come back and explain that to us,” Mnuchin said.

Addressing participants of WEF on Tuesday, Thunberg scolded political inaction over the climate emergency.

“I’ve been warned that telling people to panic about the climate crisis is a very dangerous thing to do. But don’t worry, it’s fine. Trust me, I’ve done this before and I can assure you it doesn’t lead to anything,” Thunberg said.

The world “in case you hadn’t noticed, is currently on fire,” she added. See the rest of the story Here with NBC: