Donald Trump held a meeting with former Vice President Al Gore today at Trump Tower. Reportedly, they discussed climate change. In the past, Trump has referred to the theory that climate change is largely caused by humanity’s consumption of carbon-based fuels as a “hoax” and “bullshit.” Gore, on the other hand, has been one of the most vocal proponents of the need to cut fossil-fuel consumption in order to stem what global warming theorists contends i the inevitable warming of the surface of the earth and an attendant rise in sea levels and inundation of cities near sea-level.

Following their meeting today, Gore spoke with the press. “I had a lengthy and very productive session with the President-elect. It was a sincere search for areas of common ground. I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the President-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I’m just going to leave it at that.”

Gore also met with Ivanka Trump. Her positions on some issues appear to be at odds with her father’s. For example, during the campaign, she said she favored a plan for paid maternity leave and child care costs that became part of Trump’s platform. A Trump spokesman could not say today what Ivanka’s role will be in the Trump administration but did say that the Trump family is "completely supportive" of the transition and that the family is "looking to help out in any capacity they can." Adding fuel to speculation about Ivanka are reports that she and her husband, Jared Kushner, are seeking to purchase a home in Washington D.C. Last week, reports surfaced that she wants to focus on environmental issues in some capacity.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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