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UN chief hopeful Donald Trump will change his mind about climate change

President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.
President-elect Donald Trump pumps his fist during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

MARRAKECH, Morocco – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he hopes Donald Trump will shift course on global warming and “understand the seriousness and urgency” of addressing the problem.

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Ban said Tuesday that “as president of the United States I’m sure that he will understand this, he will listen and he will evaluate his campaign remarks.”

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Trump to cancel ‘global warming payments to UN’ in effort to grow jobs – Nov 3, 2016

WATCH ABOVE: Donald Trump announced on the campaign trail that he would cancel dedicated “global warming payments” worth a total of $3-billion to the UN’s global Green Climate Fund, and instead invest that money in infrastructure across the U.S.

Trump has called global warming a “hoax” on social media and pledged during his campaign to “cancel” the landmark Paris climate agreement adopted last year.

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Speaking to reporters at his last U.N. climate conference as secretary-general, Ban said he’s sure the president-elect “will make a good, wise decision and I’m going to discuss this matter more in person.”

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