California governor says at climate event that he is 'humiliated' by Trump

California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomWhat are Democrats going to do once Donald Trump leaves office? California governor sets special election to replace Katie Hill California regulators open investigation into power outages means to prevent wildfires MORE (D) on Monday hammered President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes MORE on the climate crisis, the Los Angeles Times reported, saying he's "absolutely humiliated" by the president's approach.

“I don’t know what the hell happened to this country that we have a president that we do today on this issue,” Newsom said at the opening ceremony for a Climate Week event in New York.


“Because it’s a damn shame. It really is. I’m not a little embarrassed about it — I’m absolutely humiliated by what’s going on.”

Newsom is in New York, where the the United Nations Climate Action Summit is taking place, highlighting how California is addressing climate change.

California is considered a global leader in the arena, having done significant work on emissions reduction, electric vehicles and renewable energy.

Trump, a climate change skeptic, has taken the U.S. out of the landmark Paris agreement, supported the fossil fuel industry and rolled back environmental regulations.

Newsom's pointed criticism of Trump on climate comes after the administration revoked an exception under the Clean Air Act allowing California to set its own tailpipe emissions standards. That move is likely to elicit a long legal battle.