On Friday, former Vice President and climate change activist Al Gore argued that President Donald Trump should not be blamed for the current hostility between the United States and North Korea.
During an interview with Newsweek, Gore criticized Trump’s “fire and fury” as “intemperate” and “really unwise.” However, he did not fault Trump tense relations with North Korea.
“I think it’s only fair to point out [Trump] inherited this crisis,” Gore stated. “The previous three presidents were not able to find an adequate solution [to the North Korea crisis], so he can’t be blamed for all this.”
“He has a secretary of defense and national security adviser, both of whom are immensely respected,” Gore added. “I hope he will listen to them, and I hope their cooler heads will prevail.”
Without denouncing the president, Gore also addressed Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement in June.
“I was worried when Donald Trump made that speech [announcing the withdrawal] it would have a negative effect. I was worried that some other countries might pull out and use him as an excuse. But that didn’t happen. The very next day the entire world redoubled their commitments to the agreement,” Gore replied after being questioned on the decision.
Nevertheless, Gore has positive remarks about the future of the United States’ cooperation with the Paris Agreement.
“It looks like the U.S. will meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement regardless of Trump,” Gore exclaimed. “A new president could just give 30 days’ notice and legally the U.S. would be back in.”
First reported by The Blaze.