Former Vice President Al Gore believes President Trump should be praised for his handling of escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea, lauding the U.N. Security Council's unanimous vote to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang.
Gore said Trump's warning that he'll meet Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions with "fire and fury" did not help the situation, but acknowledged the sanctions levied against North Korea were an "achievement for his diplomacy."
The sanctions, drafted by the United States in consultation with China, cut North Korean exports by $1 billion, about one-third of the country's annual exports.
The former vice president told BBC 4's "Radio Today" Trump "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.
"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."
Gore also believes the world can find solace in the experienced military figures with whom Trump surrounded himself, including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
"These are thoughtful men, experienced, and that should be a source of some comfort as we look at how the U.S. administration is handling this crisis," said Gore.
His praise is a departure from Democrats who have roundly criticized Trump's handling of the situation in North Korea.
"It is long past time for the White House to get serious about the North Korean threat and produce a clear-headed, consistent and calculated strategy: rhetoric about ‘fire and fury' demonstrates weakness, not strength of purpose," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday.
"I think his intemperate comments the other day did not help the situation," Gore said, "but it's a very difficult challenge."