- The Washington Times - Friday, August 11, 2017

One of President Trump’s most famous critics came to his defense this week after a vow of “fire and fury” for North Korea: former Vice President Al Gore.

The man behind the documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” may not see eye-to-eye with Mr. Trump on environmental issues, but he told Newsweek for an interview published Friday that diplomatic crises over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is another story. Mr. Gore took a moment while promoting his latest movie to remind the magazine’s audience of a rogue weapons program decades in the making.

“I think it’s only fair to point out he inherited this crisis,” Mr. Gore told Newsweek. “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.”

The former vice president said that Mr. Trump’s comments while speaking at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Tuesday were “unwise,” but he expressed confidence in Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

“He has a secretary of defense and national security adviser, both of whom are immensely respected,” Mr. Gore said. “I hope he will listen to them, and I hope their cooler heads will prevail.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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