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Thursday, January 17, 2019

By Amy Tennery and Timothy Gardner

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Vice President Al Gore, a leading voice in the fight against climate change, and Donald Trump, who at one point called it a hoax, met on Monday in what Gore called a “productive” session.

Gore, a Democrat, spent about 90 minutes in meetings at the president-elect’s Trump Tower apartment and office building in Manhattan. In addition to seeing Trump, he also met briefly with the Republican’s daughter, Ivanka, who attended a series of high-level meetings since her father won the Nov. 8 election.

Gore, who lost the 2000 presidential campaign to Republican George W. Bush, has for years been devoted to lowering carbon emissions blamed for climate change.

As he campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton earlier this year, Gore warned that Trump would steer the world toward “climate catastrophe” if elected president.

That warning came amid Trump campaign speeches calling on the United States to drop out of last year’s global climate accord signed in Paris to lower carbon emissions blamed for a warming planet.

Trump also referred to human-induced climate change as a hoax, and had tweeted that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

Since then, however, in an interview with The New York Times, Trump has indicated that he might have an open mind to joining the effort to battle climate change.

Gore had a somewhat more upbeat take on Trump after huddling with the wealthy New York real estate developer and television reality star.

“It was a sincere search for areas of common ground,” Gore told reporters, adding, “I found it an extremely interesting conversation and, to be continued.”

Aides to Trump were not immediately available to comment on Monday’s meeting.

Gore, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work in urging action against the risks of global warming, was also kicking off on Monday a 24-hour talk-a-thon to urge more action in the battle against climate change, which threatens to raise sea levels, spread diseases and increase droughts in more regions in the world.

In a possibly related matter, Trump is scheduled to meet on Tuesday with Rex Tillerson, the head of Exxon Mobil Corp who possibly is being considered for the job of secretary of state in the Trump administration. Trump takes office on Jan. 20.

Exxon Mobil has embraced the 2015 Paris Agreement that would lower global greenhouse gas emissions by between 26 percent and 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

An aide to Gore said the Trump transition reached out to him after the former vice president had said he intended to do everything he could to work with the president-elect to ensure that the United States remains a leader in the effort to address climate change.

(Reporting By Amy Tennery in New York and Timothy Gardner in Washington; Additional reporting by Melissa Fares in New York; Writing by Richard Cowan; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

IMAGE: Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Vice President Al Gore exits after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, December 5, 2016.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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19 responses to “Gore Meets With Trump To Discuss Climate Policy”

  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth says:

    Too late for Trump to reverse course on this one without betraying an instinct to be disingenuous. The assertion that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese not only speaks volumes of ignorance in general, and about science in particular(an acute mental ailment which the generality of the GOP suffers from along with much of the electorate that backs its Luddite attitude re: Science), but was so boldly stated that the diplomatic damage has already been done. At this early juncture even before assuming office, there is so much egg on Donald’s face that Betty Crocker could have baked several cakes were she still alive.

  2. Sand_Cat says:

    What a waste of Gore’s time, but I guess he has to try.

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  3. Dominick Vila says:

    Al better be careful, or Trump will humiliate, and demean him, the way he did to Romney. Trump is not interested in extending an olive branch, or listen to the views of opponents, he wants to pay them back for what they said about him.

  4. FT66 says:

    Am wondering why Trump would give climate change the first priority (even before he is sworn-in), while he has been campaigning against it. This is really disturbing when the top leader try to play around with people’s thinking while others want him to be serious in preparing himself to govern and act as a matured person. No wonder Al Gore was not able to speak out what was discussed during the meeting.

  5. yabbed says:

    Actually, Gore was first required to meet alone with Ivanka Trump and then when he met briefly with Donald Trump it was with Ivanka present at the meeting. So, my question is why does Donald Trump have to have his daughter present at every meeting, even meeting with foreign leaders? Is he so incapacitated with inexperience? general stupidity? mental health issues? that he is unable to meet with anyone without a caregiver present? What is happening here? What is wrong with this man? Can we get a mental health competency exam on this man before giving him the nuclear codes or is Ivanka going to have those codes instead of Daddy?

    • Dominick Vila says:

      Can you imagine this guy going to a Summit with foreign leaders. I can just picture foreign leaders sitting around a large table, and Trump surrounded by half dozen “advisors” translating for him and telling him what to say.

      • yabbed says:

        You have to wonder if the only advisors at the table will be his daughter and son in law. I don’t think he has had a single meeting without one or both being present. He even tried to take his son in law to a intelligence briefing but the son in law was refused admittance to the briefing. Trump has refused to attend those security briefings since then.

        • Dominick Vila says:

          Hey, that means they could kill two birds with one stone. A business deal by Ivanka, another loan to keep Trump Enterprises afloat, and a deal to give the illusion that America is Great again. Darned, why didn’t someone else think of that before?

      • That should make for amusing theatre.

    • Dan S says:

      Um yes to all of the above. Hopefully in future elections 3 more things that should be required of anyone seeking the Presidency. (1) they need to get a full psychiatric evaluation to verify they’re mentally fit to be commander in chief. (2) they need to get a full physical exam not some bunk from their own physician. (3) they must above all else release at least the last 10 years of their tax returns. It doesn’t matter if they are being audited. These conditions will hopefully keep us from another Donald Trump

    • All of the above incapacitating factors you cite are wreaking havoc on Donald’s mind—a mind on life-support. Instead of an impending disastrous stint in the WH, Trump needs to wheeled into a home for the emotionally disturbed.

    • Dominick Vila says:

      Could it be that Al wanted to buy some jewelry for his wife? I wonder how many jobs that saved…in Bangladesh!

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