Former vice president Al Gore wryly laughed Monday as he said the country is going through challenging times right now.
“We’ve never had a president who’s deliberately made decisions, the effect of which is to tear down America’s standing with the world,” Gore said during an interview on the Today show. “He’s also undermined our alliances such as NATO and hurt our standing in the world in many ways.”
He and President Donald Trump met in December to discuss climate change in Trump Tower, but the two have not reconvened since the United States withdrew from the Paris Agreement. Gore, an advocate against climate change, thinks it is “by far the most serious challenge” the country faces.
Gore also quoted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with the Russians is another “shoe dropping from the centipede” and said that everything coming out right now should be viewed in context of Russia meddling in the 2016 election.
“The disclosures last week were certainly some of the most troubling we’ve seen in a while,” Gore said. “There are going to be a lot more disclosures ahead if it follows the pattern of all these leaks from apparently inside the White House.”