Al Gore calls his meeting with Trump ‘extremely interesting’

Former US Vice President Al Gore leaves after meetings at Trump Tower in New York City on December 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / DOMINICK REUTERDOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images
Former Vice President Al Gore leaves Monday after meetings at Trump Tower in New York. –Dominick Reuter / AFP / Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore said Monday he had a “productive” meeting with Donald Trump, calling it “an extremely interesting conversation.”

Gore, a leading voice on the dangers of climate change, met with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York City and spoke briefly to reporters afterward. He categorized the meeting as a “sincere search for common ground.”

When asked what was discussed, Gore said only, “To be continued.”

Gore said he also met with Ivanka Trump, the president-elect’s daughter. Transition officials said earlier Monday that the two would discuss climate change. During the campaign, Donald Trump called man-made climate change a hoax, and he has pledged to undo a number of regulations to protect the environment.


Since the election, however, Trump has sent mixed signals on the topic.

“I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much,” he said of the link between human activity and climate change in a post-election interview with The New York Times.

“I’m looking at it very closely. I have an open mind to it,” he said on the topic of whether he will withdraw from climate change accords.

Gore is well-known for the film “An Inconvenient Truth,” about his efforts to spread the word about global warming. Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

During the 2016 presidential race while campaigning for Democrat Hillary Clinton, Gore warned that Trump, “based on the ideas that he has presented, would take us toward a climate catastrophe.”


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