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 NewsomJane Fonda mulled run in California recall election: report New poll shows dead heat in California recall election Maskless DC Mayor Bowser won't save herself with a media attack MORE (D) slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party 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 BidenBiden nominates Mark Brzezinski to be U.S. ambassador to Poland 10 dead after overloaded van crashes in south Texas Majority of New York state Assembly support beginning process to impeach Cuomo: AP MORE and his running mate, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisA permanent Child Tax Credit expansion will yield dividends to taxpayers Kamala Harris and our shameless politics Pelosi: House Democrats 'ready to work with' Biden on eviction ban MORE (D-Calif.).


“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.”


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.