A warm greeting between President Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott at the World Economic Forum in Davos went viral this week.
Abbott uploaded footage of the encounter to Twitter on Wednesday, where it quickly racked up more than 20,000 likes, nearly 6,000 retweets and was viewed hundreds of thousands of times in a span of a few hours.
“A candid moment with @realDonaldTrump as he departs the @WEF Conference in Davos,” Abbott said in a tweet accompanying the video.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 22, 2020
In the video, the president can be heard calling Abbott a “great guy” and asking if he wants to “ride back with us.”
“There’s nobody like him,” Trump says to onlookers in the video, referring to Abbott.
Supporters of both Trump and Abbott praised the moment on social media.
Love these Leaders..💞 pic.twitter.com/st7tRXmsQX
— 🤠 text TRUMP 📲 88022 🇺🇸 Rapid Response Czar (@THETXEMBASSY) January 22, 2020
“Libs hate it when unbiased videos show how normal and decent Pres Trump actually is. Keep up the good work, Gov, bring new business back home to Texas!!” said one Twitter user.
Or come to Virginia and be our governor.
— Delta🦁🐸Bravo (@DeltaTheBravo) January 22, 2020
“Two of my favorite gentlemen together. What a nice video to wake up to. I admire you both,” tweeted one commenter.
Others suggested Trump was shaking hands with a “future POTUS.”
“Greatest Governor Texas has ever seen @GregAbbott_TX with the greatest President @realDonaldTrump America has ever seen! Thank you gentlemen for being who you are!” tweeted another Twitter user.
One commenter said it was “awesome to see our governor get this type of respect from the President,”
Trump has words for Greta at Davos
Just before he departed the slopes of Davos, Trump had some final words for Greta Thunberg, saying he would have loved to have seen her speak at the World Economic Forum.
Back-and-forths between the teenager and the 73-year-old president dominated the first two days of the annual gathering of the world’s business and political elite, as both have attempted to frame climate change.
Trump noted that Thunberg had “beat me out on Time Magazine,” a reference to her being Time’s Person of the Year.
On Tuesday, Trump dismissed “perennial prophets of doom” on climate change in his keynote address, while Thunberg sat in the audience.
Thunberg, who has been treated as a star in the Swiss ski resort, addressed a packed auditorium less than an hour later.
“Our house is still on fire,” Thunberg said, repeating her warning at the WEF meeting a year ago. “Your inaction is fueling the flames.”
Before he departed Davos on Wednesday, Trump told reporters he wished he could have seen Thunberg speak.
When asked if he still thought climate change was a hoax, Trump responded: “No, not at all.”
He said he thought Thunberg should shift her attention away from the United States to focus on other, more polluted countries.
“You have another continent where the fumes are rising at levels that you can’t believe… I think Greta ought to focus on those places,” he said.
Thunberg will remain in Davos after Trump returns to the United States for his impeachment trial.
On Wednesday, she was due to meet British heir to the throne Prince Charles to discuss climate change, before a dinner with young activists following in her footsteps.
(Reuters contributed to this report)