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

California Governor Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomTrump signs order diverting water to California farmers against state wishes California governor uses State of the State to highlight homelessness crisis California Gov. Gavin Newsom on the homeless: 'We own this issue' MORE (D) fired back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration 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 Devi HarrisHouse to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Overnight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development 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.