SACRAMENTO, California. – Government of California. Gavin Newsom gave President Donald Trump a chance to vie with Democrats’ Public Enemy No. 1 just 50 days before the election, one by one on live TV on Monday.
But Newsom dropped the planned raging tone in recent weeks about climate change and saw its role in five of the biggest fires in California so far. Instead, he engaged the president in a respectful conversation, with both men playing their good relationship.
Just last week, Newsom announced that they had “no patience for those denying climate-change”, adding that people should “disobey all those Bs that a very small group of people Are being spewed out by. ” On Monday, Newsom told Trump they could “agree to disagree” on climate change and asked him “please respect … a difference of opinion here.”
“We’ve known each other for a very long time and I value the working relationship, as you suggest,” Newsom told Trump during a meeting at McClellan Park, the former Air Force base near Sacramento . “We come from a point of view, humbly, where we present science and the evidence that has been seen is clear that climate change is real.”
Trump and Newsom have repeatedly beheaded both men during their first terms in office. Last year, Newsom was fond of saying that he was proud that California is “America’s most UN-Trump state”. And in February, during Trump’s previous visit to the state, the president told a group of California farmers that he would pressurize Newsom to give him more water, otherwise “you’re going to get a new governor.”
But Trump has been reluctant for Newsom to publicly criticize him since the onset of the coronovirus epidemic, as California relied too heavily on aid from the federal government to respond to the crisis and balance its budget. This has continued during the wildfire season, when the state has received and received federal grants to fight large-scale fires that have burned more than 3.2 million acres so far.
Newsom also thanked Trump during his weekly news conferences – comments ending in some of Trump’s political advertisements.
“We have a very good relationship indeed. Good man, ”Trump said of Newsom on Monday.
It is part of managing the state’s essential relationship with a temperamental commander-in-chief, said Catherine Phillips, director of the Sierra Club of California.
“What is essentially happening is that Newsom is, in a way, a sacrificial lamb,” Phillips said. “He is the one who has to be very gentle with the President, even though I have no doubt that he disagrees with him on just about everything.”
Gentleness in approach does not necessarily extend to others in Newsom administration. Newsom on Monday praised the Trump administration for reducing the risk of wildfires with California on 500,000 acres of forest land per year.
Wade Crawfoot – Newsome’s natural resources secretary – led Trump and his administration to “put their head in the sand and, given the state’s rising temperatures, think all about vegetation management”, which would make wildlife more devastating Are making
Trump replied, “This will make you look good, you just keep watching.”
“I wish science would agree with you,” Crowfoot replied.
“I don’t think science really knows,” Trump said, before talking to someone else.
Phillips said he believes Crowfoot’s comments reflect what the Newsom administration really thinks.
“It’s not easy to say who the governor is,” Phillips said.
While wildfires have now lit up the West Coast for weeks – killing at least 35 people – they have received little attention in the presidential race. He is changing this week. Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris is traveling to California on Tuesday to overcome wildfires and Presidential candidate Joe Biden has also started focusing on climate change.
During Trump’s Monday visit, he awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross to some National Guard soldiers who rescued people from wildfires last week. Asked by a reporter why it took him nearly three weeks to publicly accept the fire, Trump called it a “bad question”.
“I declared it an emergency. I made an emergency declaration, “Trump said. “Don’t tell me not to.”