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Does Steven Mnuchin’s Wife Support Greta Thunberg?

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s actress wife Louise Linton shared – and then quickly deleted – an Instagram post backing Greta Thunberg instead of her husband after he told the 17-year-old activist to go to college before lecturing people on climate change.

Mnuchin took a swipe at Thunberg during a press briefing at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Wednesday over her recommendation that both the public and private sectors should divest from fossil fuels.

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When asked how that would affect the US economic model, Mnuchin said of Thunberg: ‘Is she the chief economist? Who is she? I’m confused.’

Then following a brief pause, he said it was ‘a joke,’ adding: ‘After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us.’

Linton waded into the controversy with an Instagram post on Saturday.

In the caption of a photo collage with Thunberg and Mnuchin, the 39-year-old Scottish actress wrote: ‘I stand with Greta on this issue. (I don’t have a degree in economics either) We need to drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels. Keep up the fight @GretaThunberg.’

The post was taken down without explanation after about 30 minutes.

Linton also addressed her husband’s comments in a since-deleted post on her Instagram story.

The post included a screenshot of a direct message thread with a critic who responded to one of her photos.

The critic wrote: ‘Very cool that you post about loving animals and are heartbroken about wildfire devastation, but you’re married to a pencil d***ed man who is bullying a teenage activist trying to publicly discuss climate change. You must be married to a wonderful man! Bet you love his money very much.’

Linton sarcastically responded: ‘Thanks for this. Lovely to wake up to and start my day with.

‘I am not my husband. Thanks. I happen to love Greta. Whatever he says has nothing to do with my views or opinions and what you just did was bully me, unjustly.

‘Thanks for the kick in the teeth. Have a lovely day.’

New York Magazine correspondent Olivia Nuzzi shared a screenshot of the post before it was deleted.

a close up of text on a black background: Linton also addressed her husband's comments in a since-deleted post on her Instagram story 

Linton also addressed her husband’s comments in a since-deleted post on her Instagram story

Thunberg personally hit back at Mnuchin in a series of tweets on Wednesday – writing that it ‘doesn’t take a college degree to realise that our remaining 1.5° carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments don’t add up’.

Without naming Mnuchin specifically, she added that ‘either you tell us how to achieve this mitigation or explain to future generations and those already affected by the climate emergency why we should abandon our climate commitments’.

Thunberg continued to brush off his comments at a press briefing on Friday, saying they had ‘no effect’ on her or her fellow campaigners.

She acknowledged such young activists ‘are being criticized all the time.’

‘We cannot care about those kinds of things,’ she said, insisting that her priority was drawing attention and action to concerns about global warming.

‘The situation is not being treated like the crisis it is.’

Over the past year, Thunberg has taken issue with many aspects of US policy, including President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the country out of the Paris accord to limit global warming.

Mnuchin insisted that US policy has been misinterpreted and that Trump ‘absolutely believes’ in a clean environment.

The US, Mnuchin said, has been a leader in reducing carbon emissions. ‘What the president objects to is the Paris agreement, because he thought it was an unfair agreement for the United States.’

Mnuchin said the US position had been ‘misunderstood’.

‘There is a real misinterpretation of the US policy. Let me be very clear: President Trump absolutely believes in clean air and clean water and having a clean environment.’

a man standing in front of Steven Mnuchin et al. posing for the camera: Mnuchin and Linton are pictured together in October 2017

Mnuchin and Linton are pictured together in October 2017

The Trump administration and Greta Thunberg have sparred indirectly since Tuesday on panels in Davos but organizers have carefully averted any direct confrontation.

In a speech on Tuesday, Trump castigated the ‘prophets of doom’ and those that predicted a climate ‘apocalypse’, while Thunberg sat in the audience.

Shortly before leaving the Swiss ski resort, Trump said he would have ‘loved’ to have met the activist, Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

Thunberg repeated her climate warnings, hammering home in her speech that it was time to ‘panic’ because ‘the house is burning’, as she did the previous year in Davos.

Mnuchin attended Yale, where his father also went. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree which he confirmed for the first time Thursday was in economics. He then went to work for Goldman Sachs, where his father had also worked.

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.

Mnuchin and Linton met through mutual friends in 2013 and tied the knot four years later in 2017.

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23 comments

  1. Never heard of her. What does she act in? But she should just keep her mouth shut.

    • Allen, it doesn’t matter that YOU have never heard of her. She has a right to her opinion. Don’t tell her to keep her mouth shut. That’s not your place!

  2. President Trump is correct. The U.S. has done more to reduce “harmful” emissions than the Asiatic countries, including China. It has done more than countries which remain “faithful” to the Paris accords, at least according to news accounts. So Greta should go to the locations of the major polluters– India, China, et al.

  3. This Greta and other woman obviously knows nothing about how the world works.. or how God is in charge of in it for that matter not man . God will destroy it not man it’s written down in the Bible if these people care to read it.

    • Rolb S. Shut your stupid mouth you religious nutjob. Mnuchin knows nothing about nothing and certainly nothing about climate. Send him to israel- if they’ll take the crook.

  4. Carolyn Brack-Jackson

    How do you eat, how do you heat or cook your home, what do you drive, how or what are your clothes made of, how do you transport yourself and your children, how many children do you have, what kind of power services your home, how many rooms does your house have? You see where I’m going with this, if you don’t try to fix climate change on a personal level, then your support is BS, if Greta doesn’t indict the 2 biggest countries on the planet for their climate damages economic practices, then pointing the finger at western countries is wrong and disingenuous!

  5. He was absolutely right, that little leftist puppet does not know shit from shinola! The jerk that wrote Mnuchin’s wife ought to have his face mashed in with a sledgehammer!

    • Trump supports are definitely prohibited to think for
      themselves. Prime example is that Munchin’s wife had to retract her true feelings. Young and intelligent Greta, like millions across the globe, believe studies made by world scientists about the dangerous affect of climate change is having on our planet. In fact, trump recently said climate change is not a hoax.

      • Trump supports are definitely prohibited to think for
        themselves. Prime example is that Munchin’s wife had to retract her true feelings. Young and intelligent Greta, like millions across the globe, believe studies made by world scientists about the dangerous affect of climate change is having on our planet. In fact, trump recently said climate change is not a hoax.

  6. It is unfortunate the peroxide used to bleach her hair has caused brain damage so sad

  7. It has always amazed me that Greta and others continue to tell us what the U.S. must do when we have reduced our “carbon footprint” more than any other country (with one or two possible basically insignificant exceptions) and where China and India are so bad here that unless they change, no other country matters.

  8. What a munchkin and the great scholar!haah

    • What the heck happened to the Scottish people? They used to be bad asses!! Much like us I suppose…too comfortable, the youth has too much an easy life, so now we have to worry about things we have no control over. Man made climate change nonsense is a governmental way to control the means of production. Thank God for some with common sense.

  9. Greta has no idea what the truth about climate change is. If we do away with fossil fuels then we are left with wind power–which only works if the wind is blowing–and solar power–which only works if the sun is shining. What are people to do in between? No wind, no sun, no power. Besides, there is nothing we can do about the climate. God is in charge. Any changes are a signal that God is ready to step in the bring to ruin those ruining the earth. And by the way, need trees and their carbon dioxide. It’s carbon monoxide that we need to worry about. Carbon dioxide gives us the air we breath. That is why strip cutting of our forests is harming people. The tree produce the much needed carbon dioxide.

  10. This is a non-story, like so many these days. The woman is an actress. Need I say more? Very pretty but not too smart. Good in bed, but please don’t ask her any questions requiring more than a high school education.

  11. The little girl needs to read some workd history and study some geology and earth science before she shoots of her tiny mouth. The climate change “issue” is a complete fraud… but climate change is a natural, organic phenomenon that is part of the earth’s natural process

  12. Greta is pushing her liberal parents dribble. This angry little loud mouthed teenage can try to spin her carbon footprint somewhere other than in her mouth. More important than the carbon footprint is the increase in the nitrogen footprint. This little 17 year old child does need to get an education before espousing her unbelievable expertise.

  13. She is supposed to be an actress so what else can you expect of her, I don’t know of many that are not brainless idiots they follow another brainless idiot(thurnberg) like lemmings going over a clift

  14. This is what happens when an older man marries an under-educated young starlet who seizes on an opportunity to grab some publicity by opening her stupid mouth on a subject about which she knows nothing. Maybe she thinks when she dumps Mnuchin her political statements will get her work in Hollywood.

  15. she, like veryone else, except those in China, has a right to express herself.

    The issue is why so much attention to someone who is just shooting off her mouth with no known expertise to support he comments. She is right that this is a problem that is serious, but wrong about most of the rest, including the Paris accord.

    Change needs to take place in an orderly way, and the US is not the problem China, and soon, India, are the real problem, and they plan to do little.

    Of course, the US will pay for most of it, as usual

  16. when I was being raised I was always told that children were to b seen and not heard

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