President Trump ripped into 17-year-old Greta Thunberg while addressing supporters at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday, calling out the autistic teen climate activist for being named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2019.
Trump had previously won the designation in 2016, as several newly elected presidents have in the past.
“This year I lost to Greta,” Trump said to a booing crowd in National Harbor, Maryland. “I said, ‘Who?'”
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— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 29, 2020
“I’m not going to get involved in that because, last time, I got in a little trouble,” the president added, prompting a laugh from the crowd.
“That doesn’t matter. I won it enough,” he added.
Trump previously mocked Thunberg on Twitter in September, tweeting: “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”
In response to Trump’s dig, Thunberg changed her Twitter bio to reflect the criticism.
She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! https://t.co/1tQG6QcVKO
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019
Trump also attacked the teen at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last month.
“I don’t really know anything about her,” Trump said of Thunberg, later calling her “very angry.”