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December 06, 2016
Gore meeting latest sign Trump softening on climate?
New York (AFP) Dec 5, 2016
Donald Trump met former Democratic vice president turned environmental campaigner Al Gore on Monday in the latest sign that the president-elect might rethink his hardline campaign promises on the environment. "I found it an extremely interesting conversation and to be continued, and I'm just going to leave it at that," Gore told reporters after talks with the Republican billionaire at Trump Tower in New York. The transition team announced Monday that Gore would meet Trump's daughter, Ivanka, a c ... read more

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