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Leonardo DiCaprio hopes to use Ivanka Trump to push climate change policy

Actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump has called climate change a "hoax" that was "created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive,"  but his daughter, Ivanka Trump, has different views — and now actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio is turning to her for support on the progressive issue.

According to Politico, the future first daughter plans to make the environmental cause one of her signature issues during her father's time in the White House. And DiCaprio is taking notice.

The Hollywood star gave Ivanka Trump a copy of "Before the Flood," his National Geographic documentary on climate change, aides for both people told the New York Times. And DiCaprio is not alone in his efforts to earn the ear of the incoming president through his 35-year-old daughter, according to the newspaper:

[Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner] are also triaging calls and emails from their own left-leaning, high-powered friends and acquaintances who hope to influence the young consiglieri in chief, believing that if there is a voice for their causes in a Trump administration, it is likely to be that of the first daughter’s.

When he gave Ivanka Trump a copy of his documentary, DiCaprio also sat down with her to have a private discussion about climate change.

A source close to the billionaire businessman's daughter said her interest in climate change and other issues such as parental leave and pay equity, both of which she advocated for on the campaign trail, is nothing new.

"The issues she’s talking about are ones she’s always talked about," the source told Politico. "These are totally consistent with what she’s developed with her brand. She is playing a critical role in being able to have issues that moderate and liberal women care about — and creating a bridge to the other side."

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