What place does Greta Thunberg have in this town hall? pic.twitter.com/qIKOCV8QcP
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) May 13, 2020
The lineup of the CNN town hall titled “Coronavirus Facts and Fears” included medical experts such as former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Richard Besser.
On the program, Greta mostly discussed her feelings and shared her belief that she was infected by the coronavirus. She says she was never tested though since she did not have access to a test.
She also added a few general sentences about science and how the public should listen to scientists.
While the panel, hosted CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and CNN broadcaster Sanjay Gupta, aimed to have a serious discussion on the topic of coronavirus, the presence of Thunberg even received pushback from Donald Trump Jr.
Greta Thunberg having a remarkable career already in that as a teenager she’s now a world renowned infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist AND a leading scientific voice when it comes to global climate policy.
Just wow so impressive. https://t.co/398T4wXDry
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 13, 2020
However, CNN’s Twitter page was hit with a wave of much more critical remarks.
For her part, Greta never claimed to be an expert, writing as much on Twitter.
Tonight I'll be interviewed on CNN to talk about the new campaign supporting @UNICEF during COVID-19 and about being an activist in a world altered by the coronavirus.⁰It seems some people thought I was going to be on an expert panel, which of course has never been the case. 1/2
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) May 14, 2020
However, some believe the decision to include her in a panel on coronavirus may have been politically motivated.