UPDATED 7:20 AM PT – Wednesday, September 16, 2020
President Trump doubled down on his belief that improving forest management will help prevent wildfires on the West Coast. While speaking to reporters Tuesday, he reiterated the importance of addressing dry conditions in forests prone to wildfires.
His remarks came after his visit to California on Monday, where he met with Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) and FEMA officials to assess the damage from recent wildfires plaguing the Golden State. The President said a lot of things contribute to wildfires while emphasizing poor forest management as a major cause.
“When you let the floors of the forest build up with leaves and build up with broken timber that’s dry as a bone, you’re causing forest fires,” President Trump explained. “I believe in a lot of things, but I definitely believe in forest management.”
The President has dismissed Democrat allegations of man-made climate change. Instead, he blamed Newsom’s mismanagement of federal funds for the severity of California wildfires.
Record breaking temperatures. Record droughts.
We’re in a CLIMATE CRISIS.
And what we're experiencing in California is coming to every community — all across the United States of America — unless we get our act together on climate change. pic.twitter.com/BulCzB7tKs
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 11, 2020