Newsom DENIES His Good Relationship With The Trump Admin

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 25 January 2022 14:50
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom seems to have changed his tone regarding support from the Trump Administration while praising Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday for talks about one of the state's most vexing and costly issues - wildfires.

During a news conference with Harris in San Bernardino, Newsom claimed he had a "sparring" relationship with the Trump White House as he sought to obtain federal funding to combat the deadly blazes – just over a year after he had praised the former president for providing aid.

"What a difference a year makes," Newsom declared in the U.S. Forest Service’s Del Rosa Fire Station, where Harris touted the inclusion of funding for wildfire recovery in the massive bipartisan infrastructure spending bill that President Biden signed into law earlier this year.

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The law has been viewed by many as the Biden-Harris Administration's most significant accomplishment after a year in office.

"It was a different place when we were battling it out with the (Trump) White House," Newsom said, San Bernardino Sun reported. "We’re not talking now about a sparring partnership, but a working partnership." In 2020, while Trump was still President, Newsom seemed a bit more friendly to Trump on the issue.

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"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 wildfires.

He added that the help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been "profoundly significant." Trump had also told reporters that his Administration had been working "very well" with the Democrat ahead of the meeting. "We’re obviously from different sides of the spectrum, but we have a very good relationship," Trump said.

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Trump repeatedly criticized California on its wildfire prevention efforts and repeatedly threatened to withhold federal funds for fire recovery while he was President, blaming California for "gross mismanagement" of its forests.

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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 each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!" according to CalMatters.

Newsom has maintained that the constant threat from wildfires in the state has been exacerbated by climate change, an area in which he and the former president disagree. Under the infrastructure bill, $3.2 billion will go to wildfire management over five years.

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"We are at our best when local, state and federal work together hand in hand, unencumbered by politics or partisanship," Harris declared at the news conference, according to the Sun.

Trump and Newsom didn’t always get along on other topics and had very public disagreements on climate change to immigration issues. Still, they seemed to mellow their rhetoric again during the start of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Newsom received criticism from some Liberals over his praise of Trump, but he maintained that a pandemic isn’t a time to "bicker."

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