It’s one name most people would never have expected to see on the Trump Tower guest list.
As Donald Trump continues meeting with potential cabinet picks and other key prospects for his incoming administration, his daughter Ivanka is hosting her own get-togethers at transition headquarters in Manhattan. And one person she’s scheduled to meet with on Monday will cause a lot of people to wonder what in the heck is going on.
The president-elect’s 35-year-old daughter, who reportedly wants to make issues surrounding climate change a principal focus during the next four years, is set to welcome Al Gore to Trump Tower, according to an adviser to Mr. Trump.
The former vice president and climate change activist was not initially set to meet with the president-elect himself, according to The Hill, which reports that “Ivanka has close ties to influential Democrats, and she has supported causes traditionally more dear to the left than to conservatives.”
But The Washington Examiner reports that the 2000 presidential candidate did, in fact, spend time with the president-elect at Trump Tower, telling reporters afterward, “I had a lengthy and very productive session with the president-elect.” Gore described the meeting as “a sincere search for common ground.”
Politico reports that Donald Trump hasn’t shown much sympathy for Gore’s crusade to impose regulatory restrictions on the United States and other developed nations that he blames for contributing to man-made global warming.
“The president-elect has called climate change a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese to damage U.S. businesses,” the Politico coverage of the anticipated Gore visit to Trump Tower notes.
An article in The Guardian adds that the president-elect has also “pledged to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, dismantle the Clean Power Plan, slash renewable energy funding and somehow prop up the ailing US coal industry.”
Apparently, Al Gore isn’t the only well-known climate change activist with whom Ivanka has consulted. New York Magazine says that Hollywood icon Leonardo DiCaprio had an audience recently with the soon-to-be first daughter.
“To teach her about the dangers of climate change, the actor recently sat down with Ivanka for a private meeting. It was then that he reportedly gave her a copy of his National Geographic documentary Before the Flood.”
Three of Trump’s adult children, Ivanka, Don Jr. and Eric — all very active and highly visible during the presidential campaign — are serving as advisers to the president-elect’s transition team.
Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, is also serving as a transition adviser. The power couple are said to be house hunting in D.C. right now, planning a move to the nation’s capital that some observers speculate could signal a very active role for both, either directly or indirectly, in the Trump administration.
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