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California Governor Gavin Newsom appeared to change his tone regarding the Trump administration’s support for the wildfires on Friday while hosting Vice President Kamala Harris for talks on one of the most vexing — and costly — issues. of State.
During a press conference with Harris in San Bernardino, Newsom claimed he had a “sparring” relationship with the Trump White House as he sought federal funding to fight the deadly fires – a just over a year after he praised the former president for providing the aid.
“What a difference a year makes,” Newsom said at the US Forest Service’s Del Rosa Fire Station, where Harris touted the inclusion of wildfire recovery funding in the massive bipartisan bill on the infrastructure spending that President Biden signed into law earlier this year — and that was seen by many as the most significant achievement of the Biden-Harris administration after a year in office.
“It was a different place when we were fighting with the White House (Trump),” Newsom said, according to the San Bernardino Sun. “We’re not talking about a training partnership now, but a working partnership.”
“What a difference a year makes. It was a different place when we were fighting with the White House (Trump).”
But in 2020, when Trump was still president, Newsom seemed a little friendlier to him on the matter.
‘I want to thank you’
“I want to thank you and acknowledge the work you’ve done to be immediate in your response,” Newsom told Trump in September of that year during a meeting in Sacramento on the wildfires. He added that the help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been “deeply meaningful”.
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Trump also told reporters ahead of the meeting that his administration had worked “very well” with the Democrat.
“We’re obviously on different sides of the spectrum, but we have a really good relationship,” Trump said.
“We are obviously on different sides of the spectrum, but we have a very good relationship.”
Yet Trump has repeatedly criticized California for its wildfire prevention efforts and more than once threatened to withhold federal firefighting funds while he was president, accusing California of ” gross mismanagement” of its forests.
In 2018, Trump tweeted: “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly wildfires in California except that forest management is so bad. Billions of dollars are given away every year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or more Fed payments!” according to CalMatters.
Newsom argued that the constant threat of wildfires in the state has been exacerbated by climate change, an area where he and the former president disagree.
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“We are at our best when local, state and federal authorities work together, unhindered by politics or partisanship,” Harris said at the press conference, according to the Sun.
No time to “bicker”
Trump and Newsom didn’t always agree on other topics and had very public disagreements on everything from climate change to immigration, but they seemed to be softening their rhetoric again at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Newsom has come under fire from some liberals for his praise of Trump on certain issues, but he has argued that a pandemic is no time for “bickering.”
“I don’t care who’s up and who’s down, whose polls are better than anybody else’s or who wants to run for president or who doesn’t,” Newsom told CNN in April 2020, just a month after states began locking down. to prevent the spread of the virus.
“When it comes to times of crisis, we must [rise] above partisanship and I have always extended an open hand, not a closed fist, these circumstances. And it’s no different.”
Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.