Well, this is somewhat shocking. Former Vice President and climate change warrior Al Gore conceded that President Trump deserves praise for levying sanctions against North Korea. What's more, Gore even admitted that Trump inherited this "very dangerous situation" from his predecessors. The Washington Examiner reports:
[Gore said that Trump] should be praised for his handling of escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea, lauding the U.N. Security Council's unanimous vote to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang.
Gore said Trump's warning that he'll meet Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions with "fire and fury" did not help the situation, but acknowledged the sanctions levied against North Korea were an "achievement for his diplomacy."
The sanctions, drafted by the United States in consultation with China, cut North Korean exports by $1 billion, about one-third of the country's annual exports.
The former vice president told BBC 4's "Radio Today" Trump "inherited a very dangerous situation" from previous world leaders and should not entirely be blamed for the rising tensions, which most recently saw North Korea threatening to strike the U.S. territory of Guam.
"Donald Trump inherited a very dangerous situation that has been building for some time," Gore said.
He added, "This crisis has been building since long before Donald Trump entered the White House."
Gore also believes the world can find solace in the experienced military figures with whom Trump surrounded himself, including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
"These are thoughtful men, experienced, and that should be a source of some comfort as we look at how the U.S. administration is handling this crisis," said Gore.
While many on the right will take exception to Gore's characterization of McMaster, at least Gore has some self-awareness about the situation. Gore added that while he thinks some of Trump's rhetoric "did not help the situation," he agreed the president is facing a "very difficult challenge."