- The Washington Times - Monday, July 17, 2017

Former Vice President Al Gore claimed Monday that President Trump is “deliberately” making decisions that hurt America’s standing on the global stage.

“Our country is going through a challenging time for sure, we’ve never had a president who has deliberately made decisions, the effect of which is to tear down America’s standing in the world, starting with the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement,” Mr. Goretold NBC host Willie Geist on “Today.”

“The climate crisis is by far the most serious challenge we face, but he’s also undermined our alliances, such as NATO, and hurt our standing in the world in many ways,” he said. “So, the months ahead will be a test for the American people. We’ve got to get through this.”

Mr. Gore said he was initially optimistic that Mr. Trump would “come to his senses” on climate change after their meeting at Trump Tower in December, but that hope was dashed when the president announced the U.S. was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord. Mr. Gore said he hasn’t spoken with the president since.

Mr. Geist pointed out that Mr. Gore, a one-time Democratic presidential nominee, is one of only two people in the world to have won the popular vote and lost the presidential election — the other person being former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“Have you spoken to Secretary Clinton since the election, commiserated at all about that?” the TV host asked.

“Yes I have,” Mr. Gore responded. “I suspect she’ll be fine, but our country, as I said earlier, is gonna face some challenging months ahead.”

Mr. Gore’s new documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the sequel to his Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth,” is set to release in theaters July 28.

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