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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 NewsomCalifornia megachurch says it has a 'biblical mandate' to meet after Supreme Court decision San Jose mayor apologizes for Thanksgiving gathering 'contrary to the rules' Families allege California is failing to educate poor, minority students during pandemic MORE (D) slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from 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 BidenTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge MORE and his running mate, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate GOP's campaign arm rakes in M as Georgia runoffs heat up Biden, Harris to sit with CNN's Tapper in first post-election joint interview The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump 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.