Former Vice President Al Gore in April, 2013. (Justin Mac Innes/Dept of the Taoiseach via Getty Images)
Former Vice President Al Gore said President Donald Trump should be praised for how he’s handling tensions between North Korea and the United States in recent weeks, noting the United Nations Security Council’s recent unanimous resolution to impose sanctions on the isolated, Stalinist regime.
This week, Trump responded to a question about North Korea’s bellicose statements and recent missile tests, saying the United States would defend itself with “fire and fury—like the world has never seen.”
Gore didn’t praise Trump’s comments, but he lauded the sanctions as an “achievement for his diplomacy.”
Trump, meanwhile, “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,” Gore, the 2000 Democratic presidential candidate who lost to Republican George W. Bush, told BBC 4 program “Radio Today.”
An undated photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on May 5, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
“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.”
Trump’s top officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, are more than capable, Gore added.
The long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) during a test in this undated photo released on May 15, 2017. (KCNA via Reuters)