12 August, 2017
"I think his intemperate comments the other day did not help the situation", said Gore, "but it's a very hard challenge".
Climate change activist and former Vice President Al Gore gave an interview to Newsweek on Friday, and when asked his thoughts on President Donald's Trump's promise of "fire and fury" on North Korea, he gave a shocking response.
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The former USA vice president has a made a follow-up to his Oscar-winning 2006 climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth, and has been touring the world campaigning for politicians to increase efforts to combat global warming.
Though Gore called the warning to North Korea "intemperate" and "really unwise", he did absolve the commander in chief of any wrongdoing in exacerbating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.
Gore, who has been a stringent critic of Trump's views and actions on climate change, said that Trump "inherited a very risky situation" from previous world leaders and so should not be blamed entirely for the escalation, which most recently saw North Korea promising a plan to strike the US territory of Guam within days.
"These are thoughtful men, experienced, and that should be a source of some comfort as we look at how the USA administration is handling this crisis", said Gore. "I hope he will listen to them, and I hope their cooler heads will prevail".
"The entire world the next day re-doubled their commitments to the Paris agreement and in the U.S, the governors of our largest states and hundreds of mayors, thousands of business leaders all stood up to fill the gap and said 'We are still in the Paris agreement, '" Gore told Reuters Television.
Gore said he hoped Trump's senior advisers stressed caution. "But I do think he's an immensely positive force for the environment. To me, he's a breath of fresh air compared to his predecessor".
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