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

Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine 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 BecerraTrump drops bid to add citizenship question to 2020 census Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Appeals court appears skeptical of upholding ObamaCare mandate | Drug pricing deal faces GOP pushback | Trump officials look for plan B after court strikes drug TV ad rule Democratic group hits GOP attorneys general in six-figure ad campaign on ObamaCare 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 SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens Schumer throws support behind bill to study reparations MORE (D-N.J.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Mass.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet 'Game of Thrones' scores record-breaking 32 Emmy nominations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet MORE (D-N.Y.).