Kamala Harris: Trump administration ‘targeting’ California for political purposes

Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris to pitch using federal funds to give teachers pay raises Dem senator: 'Appropriate' for Barr, Mueller to testify publicly about Russia probe Here's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report MORE (D-Calif.) called the Trump administration's handling of car emissions talks with California "targeting our state for political purposes."

The White House, Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) halted talks with the with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), saying they could not come to a solution on clean car standards. 

"The administration’s decision to walk away from negotiations with California on clean car standards is irresponsible & follows a troubling pattern of targeting our state for political purposes," she tweeted Thursday. "Everyone has the right to breathe clean air & I will continue to fight for that right."

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“Despite the administration’s best efforts to reach a common-sense solution, it is time to acknowledge that CARB has failed to put forward a productive alternative," the DOT, EPA and White House said in a joint statement on Thursday. 

“Accordingly, the administration is moving forward to finalize a rule later this year with the goal of promoting safer, cleaner, and more affordable vehicles,”  the statement said. 

Other California politicians including Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraCalifornia Assembly Speaker pens fiery response to Pence Dems prepare next steps after Trump's veto Uber to pay million to settle fight over driver benefits, pay MORE (D) also blasted the administration.

Harris launched a presidential bid earlier this year. She is facing a crowded field vying for the Democratic nomination including Sens. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release MORE (I-Vt.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Booker endorses New Jersey marijuana legalization bill MORE (D-N.J.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Harris wants Barr to testify on Mueller report as 2020 Dems call for its release MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandHere's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements CNN town halls put network at center of Dem primary MORE (D-N.Y.).