The U.S. president touted “an economic boom, the likes of which the world has never seen before,” and called climate activists “prophets of doom.” In an earlier speech, Greta Thunberg called for an immediate end to fossil-fuel investments, extraction and subsidies. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and International Trade Minister Mary Ng headed to the WEF on Tuesday to represent the federal government. (Associated Press, The Guardian, The Logic)
Talking point: Economists fact-checking Trump in real time disputed his claims of unprecedented U.S. GDP growth during his presidency, and that he deserved credit for it. His message was also out of line with this year’s event—climate change risks topped the WEF’s annual list of long-term threats. Thunberg’s message was closer, though she also called out attendees for inaction. Fellow teen activist Autumn Peltier, of Wiikwemkoong First Nation in Ontario, similarly said Canadian politicians are insufficiently focused on climate change. However, above-average stock market performance and tax cuts in the U.S. have reportedly softened Davos-going executives’ attitudes toward the president, who’s making his second appearance at the conference.