Trump Campaign Director of Strategic Communications recaps the president’s California wildfire briefing
SACRAMENTO (AP) – California, Oregon and Washington state have seen historic wildfires that have burned faster and farther than ever before. Numerous studies in recent years have linked bigger wildfires in the U.S. to global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas.
President Donald Trump traveled to Northern California to be briefed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and other state and federal officials as the state continues to battle historic wildfires. At one point, state Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot urged the president to “recognize the changing climate and what it means to our forests.”
“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 added.
Trump responded, “It will start getting cooler, just you watch.”
Crowfoot politely pushed back that he wished the science agreed with the president. Trump countered, “I don’t think science knows, actually.”
The Democratic governors of the western states say the fires are a consequence of climate change, while the Trump administration has blamed poor forest management for the flames that have raced through the region and made the air in places like Portland, Oregon, Seattle and San Francisco some of the worst in the world.
Donald Trump’s 2020 Campaign Director of Strategic Communications, Marc Lotter joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss President Trump’s visit to California to see the wildfire destruction.