Al Gore Says Trump "Has Surrounded Himself With Polluters"

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The former vice president has lost hope that the president will change his stance on climate change.

Al Gore previously expressed cautious optimism that President Donald Trump would rethink some of his environmental policies, but the former vice president said he now realizes that he got that wrong.

Speaking at Mexico's Morelia International Film Festival this week, where Gore is presenting his Inconvenient Truth follow-up, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, he chuckled when a reporter asked him when he would show the film to Trump.

"I had a lot of conversations with Donald Trump after he was elected and after he went into the White House, and I actually thought there was a realistic chance that he would come to his senses — but I was wrong," Gore said.

Gore has not spoken with the president since the announcement that the U.S. was pulling out of the Paris climate accord, and he now says he's "not going to waste anymore time" on reaching out to Trump.

The former vice president slammed the decision to withdraw from the agreement, calling it "reckless and indefensible."

An Inconvenient Sequel opened stateside in August. Just days ahead of the release, a conservative think tank criticized Gore, saying his electricity bills showed he consumed at least 21 times more energy than the average American.

On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly vowed to "drain the swamp" in Washington, but Gore believes that has not happened: "I think he has surrounded himself with polluters and special interests who seem to not care at all about the public interest."

Trump's Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has questioned the consensus of scientists that the earth is warming and that man-made climate emissions are to blame.