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‘He can’t be blamed for all this’: Al Gore defends Donald Trump on North Korea crisis he inherited

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.

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.

“I think it’s only fair to point out [Trump] inherited this crisis,” Gore said. “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 said. “I hope he will listen to them, and I hope their cooler heads will prevail.”

Gore also spoke of Trump’s decision in June to pull the U.S. out of the Paris accord, a climate agreement, but didn’t say a negative word about Trump.

Asked about the decision, Gore said, “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.”

Despite Trump’s withdrawal, however, Gore still has hope for the U.S. and its role in the Paris accord.

“It looks like the U.S. will meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement regardless of Trump,” Gore said. “A new president could just give 30 days’ notice and legally the U.S. would be back in.”

Not one Republican lawmaker showed up at Paramount and Participant Media's special Washington, D.C., screening of Al Gore's climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, for Capitol Hill. All 535 members of Congress were invited to the July 19 event, held less than two miles from the U.S. Capitol at the Newseum. Gore, who did a long stint in Congress before serving as U.S. vice president under Bill Clinton, hosted the gathering, which did succeed in drawing scores of Democrats. An Inconvenient Sequel, a follow up to Gore's blockbuster 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, opens in select theaters Friday and arrives on the big screen as the Trump administration continues to dispute that man-made pollution is causing global warming. On June 1, Gore, along with leaders around the globe, were stunned when President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. Gore's film, which was produced and financed by Participant Media, follows Gore at the Paris

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