California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom thanked President Donald Trump on Thursday for securing a FEMA grant for Newsom's state as multiple wildfires continued to rage.
It wasn't long, however, until the bad blood between the two reignited, thanks to Donald Trump's Twitter feed. Again falsely claiming that California's wildfires were due to a lack of maintenance, Trump threatened to revoke federal aid from California in an unhinged Twitter thread.
The Governor of California, @GavinNewsom, has done a terrible job of forest management. I told him from the first d… https://t.co/vwoGJi6XiO— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1572790318.0
..Every year, as the fire’s rage & California burns, it is the same thing-and then he comes to the Federal Governme… https://t.co/aKLld8oOVX— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1572790318.0
....putting these massive, and many, fires out. Great firefighters! Also, open up the ridiculously closed water lan… https://t.co/Ls3DUUNrTS— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1572790320.0
But Governor Newsom wasted no time in clapping back at Trump—using his spotty record on climate change to do so.
You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation. https://t.co/PSt8N39Er5— Gavin Newsom (@Gavin Newsom) 1572799317.0
In recent years, Trump repeatedly dismissed climate change as a hoax invented by the Chinese. He acknowledged the existence of climate change ahead of his campaign for the 2016 presidential election.
Routinely, Trump blames even non-forest fires in California on a lack of comprehensive forest management, neglecting that a majority of forests in California are managed at the federal level.
As of last year, the federal government owned 57% of California’s forest land. State and local governments owned 3%. https://t.co/6Iw5KVePBD— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1572791646.0
Newsom wasn't the only one to call out the President's rant against California.
@realDonaldTrump @GavinNewsom 1. Of 33 million acres of forest in California, 28.8 million acres are owned & contro… https://t.co/LSWnjNFPNz— Turkeys & Trumps get cooked in November🦃web rant (@Turkeys & Trumps get cooked in November🦃web rant) 1572803918.0
@realDonaldTrump @GavinNewsom The cause of the intense fires are the extremely dry conditions and the extremely hig… https://t.co/DuLCyZwKee— Bob Belcher (@Bob Belcher) 1572792157.0
@realDonaldTrump @GavinNewsom When American citizens are suffering from a devastating disaster... Trump is only con… https://t.co/Mngyf6ijGU— Holly Lee (@Holly Lee) 1572792660.0
@realDonaldTrump @GavinNewsom I think you should worry instead about the 5-alarm fire that’s blazing through your a… https://t.co/IyYg6EvN6t— Andy Ostroy (@Andy Ostroy) 1572791740.0
@realDonaldTrump @GavinNewsom Trump can't see the forest or the trees.— Zizi Roberts (@Zizi Roberts) 1572868002.0
Numerous scientists have acknowledged climate change as a factor in the growing number of deadly wildfires in the state, yet Trump has repeatedly worked to roll back pollution and other environmental regulations in the state.
“We’re waging war against the most destructive fires in our state’s history, and Trump is conducting a full-on assault against the antidote," Newsom said of the President's efforts.