Newsom fires back after Trump tweet: 'You are excused from this conversation' for not believing in climate change

California Governor Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomThe Hill's Morning Report: Biden takes it on the chin Newsom denies parole for RFK assassin Why California needs a Latino state supreme court justice MORE (D) fired back at President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE Sunday for his criticism of California’s forest management as wildfires rage across the state.

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The governor of the Golden State said Trump is “excused from this conversation” because he doesn’t believe in climate change.

“You don’t believe in climate change,” Newsom tweeted. “You are excused from this conversation.”

President Trump lashed out against the governor in a tweet earlier Sunday, saying Newsom has done a “terrible job of forest management” and could risk losing federal money to help fight the fires. 

“Every year, as the fire’s rage & California burns, it is the same thing-and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help,” he tweeted. “No more. Get your act together Governor.”

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures Democrats ponder Plan B strategy to circumvent voting rights filibuster Watch: Lawmakers, activists, family members call for voting rights legislation on MLK day MORE (D-Calif.), who is running for president, also hit Trump over his criticism on Sunday. 

"Raking leaves is as effective at combatting the climate crisis as your phone’s spellcheck is at fixing your tweets. @GavinNewsom is doing his job. Maybe you should try it," she tweeted.


Several wildfires are charring northern and southern parts of California, with the largest, the Kincade fire, burning more than 77,000 acres and being 76 percent contained, according to the Los Angeles Times.

 Rachel Frazin contributed to this report, which was updated at 3:58 p.m.