Gavin Newsom less warm to Trump about emergency firefighting during VP Harris’ visit

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared to change his mind about Trump administration’s support for wildfires Friday, while welcoming Vice President Kamala Harris to talks on one of the state’s most annoying – and costly – problems.

During a press conference with Harris in San Bernardino, Newsom claimed he had a “sparring” relationship with Trump’s White House as he sought federal funding to fight the deadly flames – just over a year after praising it former president to provide. the help.

“What a difference a year makes,” said Newsom at the U.S. Forest Service’s Del Rosa Fire Station, where Harris called for the inclusion of funding for forest fire recovery in the massive law on infrastructure spending that President Biden signed into law earlier this year – and that is by many has been considered the Biden-Harris administration’s most significant achievement after a year in office.

“It was a different place when we were fighting the (Trump) White House,” Newsom said, according to the San Bernardino Sun. “We are not talking about a sparring partnership, but a working partnership.”

“What a difference a year makes. It was a different place when we fought with the (Trump) White House.”

– California Governor Gavin Newsom will speak on Friday

But in 2020, while Trump was still president, Newsom seemed a little friendlier to him on the issue.

‘I want to thank you’

“I want to thank you and acknowledge the work you have done to be immediate in your response,” Newsom told Trump in September of that year during a meeting in Sacramento on forest fires. He added that assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been “deeply significant.”

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Trump also told reporters before the meeting that his administration had worked “very well” with the Democrat.

“We are obviously from different sides of the spectrum, but we have a very good relationship,” Trump said.

“Of course we are from different sides of the spectrum, but we have a very good relationship.”

– Former President Trump, referring to Newsom in 2020

Yet Trump has repeatedly criticized California for its efforts to prevent wildfires and more than once threatened to withhold federal funds to restore fires while he was president, accusing California of “gross mismanagement” of its forests.

Former President Trump, right, speaks with California Governor Gavin Newsom at Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, California, during a briefing on forest fires on September 14, 2020.
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In 2018, Trump tweeted: “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California, except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given every year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross evil. forest management. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments! ” according to CalMatters.

Climate agreement

Newsom has maintained that the constant threat of wildfires in the state has been exacerbated by climate change, an area where he and the former president disagree.

Then-Government President Gavin Newsom, FEMA Director Brock Long, President Donald Trump, Paradise Mayor Jody Jones and then-Governor.  Jerry Brown visits Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park during Trump's visit to Camp Fire in Paradise, California, on November 17, 2018.

Then-Government President Gavin Newsom, FEMA Director Brock Long, President Donald Trump, Paradise Mayor Jody Jones and then-Governor. Jerry Brown visits Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park during Trump’s visit to Camp Fire in Paradise, California, on November 17, 2018.
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Under infrastructure law, $ 3.2 billion will go to managing wildfires over five years

“We are at our best when local, state and federal work together hand in hand, without being subject to politics or bias,” Harris said at the news conference, according to Sun.

No time to “quarrel”

Trump and Newsom did not always agree on other topics and had much public disagreement on everything from climate change to immigration, but they seemed to soften their rhetoric again during the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Vice President Kamala Harris is attending a briefing on the prevention and mitigation of wildfires on Friday.  From left, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack;  California Governor Gavin Newsom;  U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, D-Calif .;  US Rep.  Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., And Harris.  To the right is an official from the U.S. Forest Service Del Rosa Fire Station in San Bernardino, California.

Vice President Kamala Harris is attending a briefing on the prevention and mitigation of wildfires on Friday. From left, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; California Governor Gavin Newsom; U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, D-Calif .; US Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., And Harris. To the right is an official from the U.S. Forest Service Del Rosa Fire Station in San Bernardino, California.
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Newsom received criticism from some liberals over his praise of Trump on certain issues, but he maintained that a pandemic is not a time to “quarrel.”

“I do not care who is up and down if opinion polls look better than others, or who wants to run for president or who does not,” Newsom told CNN in April 2020, just a month later. , that the states had begun to shut down. to prevent the spread of the virus.

“When it comes to times of crisis, we have to [rise] over bias, and I have always extended an open hand, not a closed fist, these circumstances. And it is no different. “

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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