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President Donald Trump in Sacramento 9/14/2020. (Photo: screen capture Twitter)

President Trump in Sacramento For Wildfire Briefing With Gov. Gavin Newsom

Wildfires caused by misguided, largely non-existent forest management or climate change?

By Katy Grimes, September 14, 2020 4:44 pm

President Donald Trump made a stop in Sacramento Monday, to meet with Gov. Gavin Newsom and discuss as the state’s historic wildfires.

Air Force One landed at McClellan Airport, which now serves as a Northern California hub for the collaborative firefighting efforts led by Cal Fire and the United States Forest Service.

President Trump’s visit comes on the heels of Governor Newsom calling the historic wildfires a “climate damn emergency.”

Trump has been critical about California’s lack of forest management, and spoke to Gov. Newsom about it last year during a visit to the state to assess the wildfires. “Please remember the words, very simple. Forest management. Please remember that,” Trump said ahead of Monday’s meeting.

Governor Gavin Newsom announces signing of AB 2147 in Butte County on September 11, 2020. (Photo: Youtube)

The two seemed to politely share barbs during the meeting. “Have to do a lot about forest management,” the President said at the press conference. “It has to be good. I’ve been talking about this for three years.”

“When you have years of leaves, dried leaves on the ground, it just sets it up. It’s really a fuel for a fire,” the President said. He noted that the brush and dead trees in California’s forests are “like a matchstick.”

Gov. Newsom appeared to take umbrage with Trump’s calls for forest management. The governor rattled off statistics about the current fires: “14,000 lightening strikes, 1,100 fires, 3.2 million acres, 16,500 firefighters fighting and National Guard, 24 lives lost, 4,200 structures destroyed, 44,000 people evacuated. “The hots are getting hotter, the dries are getting drier… something happened to the plumbing of the world. Climate change is real and exacerbating this,” Newsom said.

“Please respect the difference of opinion out here,” Newsom added.

Gov. Newsom’s Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot told the president he should acknowledge the role of climate change in the worsening of the wildfires. “If we ignore that science and sort of put our head in the sand and think it’s all about vegetation management, we’re not going to succeed together protecting Californians,” Crowfoot said. He then said something about record heat in August.

“Ok, it’ll start getting cooler, you just watch,” Trump said.

“I wish science agreed with you,” added Crowfoot.

“I don’t think science knows, actually,” Trump responded.

Crowfoot’s climate change chops were developed over many years in California government. He was a key player in former California Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2015 climate compact with the Governors of Oregon and Washington and the British Columbia Premier, when they signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, “to align climate change policies and promote clean energy,” California Globe reported in 2019. The Pacific Coast Collaborative was technically an illegal compact which linked with the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange (WCX), formed to promote “the type of new thinking necessary to solve the West Coast’s infrastructure crisis.” And the WCX was linked to the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative.

The Democratic governors of California, Oregon and Washington also say climate change is to blame for the wildfires, as the Pacific Coast Climate Compact reiterates.

Despite the climate change compact between California, Oregon and Washington, the West Coast states are experiencing historic wildfires, which are burning hotter and faster than ever before. As California Globe contributor Edward Ring reported this week, it isn’t climate change that caused these super fires – it was negligent forestry and mismanagement.

The Trump administration says the causes of the fires are misguided and largely non-existent forest management.

However, Trump Victory Spokesperson Keith Schipper said Monday, “the Trump Administration continues to support Californians every step of the way through the containment of wildfires across the West Coast. President Trump will always put the health and safety of the American people first.”

President Trump has approved a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for California that began back on August 14 for individual and public assistance. The declaration lays out the funding and assistance available.

The Trump Administration has also approved 34 Fire Management Assistance Grants since August that provide 75% Federal cost share for the mitigation, management, and control of fires, in coordination with state and local officials.

The Federal Government has deployed more than 26,000 personnel from 500+ crews and 1,900 engines to respond to fires, 230 helicopters, a RC-26 Aircraft, and 2 C-130 air tankers to support wildfire operations.

FEMA’s National and Regional Response Coordination Centers have also been activated to coordinate with local governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

President Trump also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross to seven members of the California National Guard who helped rescue more than 200 people trapped by the wildfires earlier this month.

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9 thoughts on “President Trump in Sacramento For Wildfire Briefing With Gov. Gavin Newsom

  1. “ Ok, it’ll start getting cooler, you just watch “

    In other words winter is coming, and the temperatures drop in winter.

    But since liberals appear to not even have the ability to acknowledge reality any longer due to years of fooling themselves and their supporters with their lies, crowfoot the liberal stooge blurts out the word “ science “ as an excuse and in place of “ Give us money, do what we say and believe in our fantasies.” This clown is such a liberal idiot he doesn’t even have the ability to understand why in October the temperatures drop. What a damn dope.

    The changes of seasons is science crowfoot you liberal loser brownie hound. We really do need a liberal to English dictionary to even understand the meanings of words now since these liberal freaks demolish and bastardize the meanings of everything. For example “ science “ now means what we say is real is real even when reality and real experts prove us wrong.

    The real problem with California is not global warming or any other nonsense that comes out of the mouths of liberals but actually liberals, liberal leadership and liberalism.

  2. So Noisome thinks this is a plumbing problem? I have news for the nasty little child governor. There have been lots and lots of lightning strikes since the beginning of time and more fuel always equals hotter fires. Something even a kindergartener understands.

  3. Please respect the difference of opinion out here,” Newsom added.

    Funny words from a guy who calls for no debate on the subject of climate change as he loves to state”there is no debate, it has been decided!”

    Mr. Newsom please respect the citizens of California and literally clean up your backyard. Respect the wildlife, human life, and homesteads by investing in forest management. The Federal government is offering you the funding in grants. I thought you like to milk the feds for your inept responses to crises you have helped to create.

  4. Hair gel needs money and A LOT of it. President Trump knows this, so we’ll have to see how low hair gel will go to get his slithery reptilian scales on what he needs. Hair gel is such a foolish hubris-filled amateur he doesn’t even realize President Trump is already playing with him as a wise cat with a drunken mouse.

  5. I respect Gov. Grusom”s ” difference of opinion out here”. I like the President am a “denier”. Grusom says he is guided by science. If you want to find true science on climate, global whining-oops I mean global warming, I can direct him and others to FACT BASED SCIENCE on this issue to two sites that are loaded with articles, science facts, and graphs (that even liberal politicians can read and understand). They are: https://www.cfact.org and https://climatedepot.com At these two sites you can find information that will prove that man made climate change is a HOAX!

  6. Hey Newsom and Crowfoot! Why did the recent heatwave break records dating from the 50’s or earlier???
    If you can’t reconcile THAT with your greenwashing “climate change” narrative, go force your “Green New Deal” on your buddies in the Chinese Communist Party as THEIR activities cause much more CO2 than California or the United States!!!
    He’ll, your mismanagement of the forests & woodland areas are causing fires that dump WAY MORE pollutants into the atmosphere than CA industry or agriculture!!!

    Three strikes, you two morons are OUT!!!

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