President Donald Trump pressured California Gov. Gavin Newsom to continue clearing dead trees out of their forests, during a briefing on the massive state wildfires.
As an official highlighted the impact of the pine beetle devastation killing trees in the state forests, Trump asked, “I know the beetle kill has been terrible … do you view that differently? And now you’re going to be clearing it? Or doing whatever you’re going to do?”
“One hundred and sixty three million, so boy that’s a hell of a job right? To start clearing that out,” Newsom replied.
The president met with state and local officials in McClellan Park, California, where he participated in a briefing about the extent of the fires.
Trump noted that the dead trees were flammable and explosive, making the fires worse.
California state officials, however, focused the blame on climate change, begging the president to take climate change more