Former Vice President Al Gore had what he described as a “very productive” meeting with Donald Trump on Monday.
Gore, one of the nation’s most vocal advocates for combatting climate change, also met earlier in the day with one of Trump’s closest advisers: his daughter Ivanka Trump.
After the meetings, Gore spoke briefly with pool reporters as he exited the elevator at Trump Tower in New York City. “I had a lengthy and very productive session with the president-elect,” Gore said. “It was a sincere search for areas of common ground. I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the president-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I’m just going to leave it at that.”
Gore, who endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for president, said after Trump’s election that he hoped to work with the president-elect on climate policy.
An aide to the former vice president tells PEOPLE, “Vice President Gore made clear in his statements following the election that he intended to do everything he could to work with the president-elect to ensure our nation remains a leader in the effort to address the climate crisis. He happens to be in the New York area this week for his 24-hour live broadcast, The Climate Reality Project’s 24 Hours of Reality, and they took him up on the opportunity to discuss the issue.”
According to Politico, an adviser to Trump said that Gore and Ivanka were meeting to discuss climate change. Ivanka, 35, is planning to make climate change one of her signature issues as first daughter, Politico reported last week, citing a source close to the businesswoman. The source added that Ivanka was just beginning to explore how to use her voice to speak out on the issue.
Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller announced Ivanka’s meeting with Gore on Monday morning’s daily conference call, saying at the time that the president-elect would not participate in the talk.
Miller also said that Trump supports the Dakota Access pipeline project and will review the Obama administration’s decision to halt construction on the controversial pipeline once he takes office.
Trump, who has called climate change a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese, conceded in a New York Times interview late last month that there is “some connectivity” between humans and climate change, adding, “It depends on how much. It also depends on how much it’s going to cost our companies.”