Rumors have been flying that Ivanka Trump may focus on the issue of climate change in her role as First Daughter. Yesterday Ivanka met with climate advocate Al Gore at Trump Tower – and President-elect Donald Trump joined in. While a spokesperson initially said the President-elect would not be present at the meeting, Gore later said he did talk with Trump, and that Ivanka is “very committed” on climate policy.
Trump spokesperson Jason Miller told the press that Ivanka would meet with Gore to discuss climate issues, although the spokesperson said he didn’t know exactly what they would discuss. Miller said the President-elect would not be present during the meeting.
But some members of the press said Trump did indeed meet with Gore. Wall Street Journal deputy bureau chief Tim Hanrahan quoted Gore as saying “I had a very lengthy and very productive session,” after the Trump Tower meeting, and “It was a sincere search for areas of common ground.” NBC Nightly News editor Bradd Jaffy quoted Gore as saying, “The bulk of the time was with 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.”
After campaigning for Hillary Clinton, Al Gore said he would be willing to work with Trump and the new administration on the issue of climate change. He wrote that as Trump said he’d like to be a president for all, Gore hoped Trump would “work with the overwhelming majority of us who believe that the climate crisis is the greatest threat we face as a nation.”
While Trump continues to pursue actions that negatively affect the environment, such as the Dakota Access Pipeline, his meeting with Gore may offer some hope. In addition, Ivanka’s meetings with climate advocates have led some people to wonder if the First Daughter will advocate for progressive climate change policies.
Ivanka has apparently already met with climate advocate Leonardo DiCaprio. Aides for Ivanka and DiCaprio said they met to talk about the environment, with DiCaprio gifting her a copy of his documentary Before the Flood.
After referring to climate change as a hoax, Trump seems to be backpedaling – he told New York Times reporters there is “some connectivity” between humans and climate change. Let’s hope both the President-elect and his daughter are willing to listen to the science backing up climate change.