Leonardo DiCaprio Met with President-elect Donald Trump to Discuss the Climate Crisis
Leonardo DiCaprio a staunch environmental activist and Hillary Clinton supporter, met with President-elect Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump on Wednesday (Dec. 7, 2016) to urge him and his assembling cabinet to focus on creating green jobs in the coming years.
News of the meeting arrived in a statement from Terry Tamminen, the head of DiCaprio’s foundation, revealing that the 90-minute meeting involved presenting a plan whereby the incoming administration could create an environmentally conscientious base for economic growth and drive job growth in a wide array of industries.
“Today, we presented the president-elect and his advisers with a framework — which LDF (the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation) developed in consultation with leading voices in the fields of economics and environmentalism — that details how to unleash a major economic revival across the United States that is centered on investments in sustainable infrastructure,” the statement reads, via Us Weekly.
According to Tamminen, Trump was receptive to the discussion and “expressed his desire to a follow-up meeting in January.”
“We look forward to continuing the conversation with the incoming administration as we work to stop the dangerous march of climate change while putting millions of people to work at the same time.”
Before entering politics and throughout his campaign Trump openly criticized environmental concerns, even tweeting in 2012 that “global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
During their meeting, DiCaprio reportedly presented the President-elect with a gift: a copy of his new film Before the Flood, which explores the environmental crisis with some of the world’s leading experts. According to an AP source, Trump promised to watch it.