Thunberg brushes off mockery from United States finance chief

"We can not care about those kinds of things", said the Swede, who was selected as Time's Person of the Year for 2019.

At a press briefing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mnuchin criticized the 17-year-old environmental activist's call to divest from fossil fuels immediately, according to the Associated Press.

Linton has kept a relatively low profile since a controversy in 2017 where she apologized after a sustained backlash for a now-deleted Instagram post touting her wealth and her subsequent response belittling a commentator.

This year the annual meeting of business leaders at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos has put climate change centre stage, calling on firms to set net zero carbon goals.

During a Q and A after his talk, Mr Mnuchin acknowledged the United States did have security concerns about the possibility of the UK incorporating Huawei into its 5G network, as well as the possible imposition of a digital tax (DST) in the UK which could target USA tech giants, and said he had discussed both issues with opposite number Chancellor Sajid Javid during his visit.

In Linton's post-which tagged both Thunberg and her husband-she expressed sympathy for Thunberg. "The situation is not being treated like the crisis it is".

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"Who is she? I'm confused", the treasury secretary jested.

"I'm quite optimistic", Mnuchin said when asked about the potential for a deal between the two countries at an event held at the Chatham House think tank in London. [I don't have a degree in economics either] We need to drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels.

"Here at the WEF we see and hear a lot of nice words and a lot of big speeches, and we expect throughout the next days and weeks and months every single one of those to be turned into action", Neubauer said.

But Thunberg, who was reportedly in attendance during Trump's speech, maintained Tuesday that she has no interest in political tiffs.

Mr Mnuchin earlier met Chancellor Sajid Javid for breakfast at 11 Downing Street, over which he was also expected to raise concerns over the potential for Britain to allow Huawei to help build its 5G infrastructure. He graduated with a bachelors degree which he confirmed for the first time Thursday was in economics.

He went on to found the film production company Dune Entertainment, which in addition to helping out in the relaunch of the Mad Max franchise in 2015, has The Lego Movie and Wonder Woman among its credits.

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