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Newsom slams Trump response to California wildfires while praising Biden

Newsom slams Trump response to California wildfires while praising Biden
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California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomLeaders of Newsom recall effort say they have enough signatures White House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director California to set aside 40 percent of vaccine doses for areas most at risk MORE (D) slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE’s response to the California wildfires in a quick appearance during the Democratic National Convention.

Newsom considered canceling his planned comments at the convention due to the wildfires but made an appearance for just under three minutes in a video taken about a mile away from one of the fires.

The governor also expressed his support for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE and his running mate, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWhite House says Biden would prefer to not end filibuster Biden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it MORE (D-Calif.).

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“There’s so much at stake in this election,” the governor said, pointing to the issue of climate change and keeping intact Obama-era environmental policies. 

"Mother nature has now joined this conversation around climate change,” he said. “And so we, too, need to advance that conversation anew.”

“Just today, the president of the United States threatened the state of California 40 million Americans happen to live here in the state of California to defund our efforts on wildfire suppression because he said we hadn’t raked enough leaves,” he added. “You can’t make that up.”

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The California governor cited the more than 90 lawsuits the state is involved in with the Trump administration, including suits over clean air, clean water, endangered species and pesticides. 

Newsom said he was heading to an evacuation center but wanted to stop to “express my deep reverence, my admiration to Joe Biden, to Kamala Harris.”

The governor said on Wednesday that California is experiencing 367 fires after almost 11,000 lightning strikes and record heat. These fires include 23 “complex fires,” or an area that involves multiple fires. 

During a speech in Pennsylvania, Trump mentioned the wildfires and criticized the Golden State, saying he instructed them to clean their floors.