Donald Trump softens stance on climate change in response to Prince Charles' passion for the environment
President Donald Trump appears to have softened his stance on climate change having been "moved" by Prince Charles' passion for the environment. In a 30-minute long interview, aired on Wednesday morning, Mr Trump - who has previously accused climate experts of having a "political agenda" - told ITV's Good Morning Britain he "totally listened" to Charles when the issue came up. He said of the meeting at Clarence House on Monday: "We had a 15-minute chat and it lasted an hour and a half and he did most of the talking. "What he really wants and what he feels strongly about is the future. He wants the best climate for the future. He wants a good climate and not a disaster." The US president has always been a sceptic, but when asked whether he now believes in climate change, Mr Trump said: "I believe there is a change in weather. I think it was called global warning, then it was called climate change, now it's called extreme weather. Prince Charles and President Trump with the Duchess of Cornwall and First Lady Melania Trump Credit: REUTERS "I think we had a great conversation about - as you would call it - climate change. "This is real, he believes that. He wants to have a world that's good for future generations and I do, too. "He's Prince Charles, he doesn't have to worry about future generations unless he's a very good person who cares about people, and that's what impressed me, maybe the most." Mr Trump also mentioned China, India and Russia, urging them to take more responsibility for their pollution. Donald Trump's UK state visit, in pictures Before his state visit, hundreds of climate change experts urged Prime Minister Theresa May to confront Donald Trump over his approach to the issue. A letter signed by 250 academics from universities and research bodies across the UK stated that his refusal to tackle global warming is "increasing risks for lives and livelihoods" around the world.
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