Gore recounted to “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert his optimism after his meeting with Trump to discuss climate change and the landmark Paris Accord. Trump had promised supporters during the campaign that he would pull out of the agreement, arguing it was a “bad deal.”
“I went to Trump Tower after the election,” said Gore, who was on Colbert’s show to promote his new movie, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.” “I thought that there was a chance he would come to his senses. But I was wrong.”
Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the agreement last month, a decision met with wide criticism from business leaders, fellow politicians and longtime U.S. allies. More than 350 mayors in cities across the U.S. have since pledged to honor the Paris climate agreement.
Gore added he worried that Trump’s decision to exit the agreement would be “disastrous,” but he was excited by the response of political leaders in the U.S.
“A lot of our most important governors and mayors and business leaders said, ‘We’re still in the Paris Agreement, and we’re going to meet the commitments of the country regardless of what Donald Trump tweets.’”
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This article has been updated with an updated figure for the number of mayors who have signed on to the Climate Mayors initiative.