Leonardo DiCaprio met with Donald Trump and daughter Ivanka Wednesday to discuss the possibility of creating environmental, or “green” jobs, in order to help the economy.
The three met at Trump Tower on December 7th, and sat for an hour and a half discussing a “framework” through which the jobs could be created.
DiCaprio’s head of environmental efforts released a statement on the actor’s behalf:
“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,”
He added, “Our conversation focused on how to create millions of secure American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation.”
Trump previously publicly denied climate change, calling it a concept created “by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
Despite his feelings towards the issue, the president-elect agreed to meet with the actor to discuss possibilities of working together towards an environmental goal.
Contradicting the meeting, Trump, on the same day, appointed Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency contrary to his own notorious views against the EPA.
In report by the Sierra Club, “if elected, Donald Trump would be the only world leader today to deny the science of climate change. In fact, a review of the data indicates that Trump might very well be the only world leader not calling for urgent climate action.”