|US President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on wildfires with local and federal fire and emergency officials at Sacramento McClellan Airport in McClellan Park, California, on September 14, 2020. (Photo by: Sina English/News Agencies)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] President Donald Trump on Monday (Sep 14) suggested global warming will reverse itself and dismissed climate change as a cause of ferocious fires engulfing swaths of the US West, during a briefing in California on the deadly blazes.
Trump, who flew into Sacramento on the third day of a re-election campaign swing, pushed back against state officials arguing that a heating climate underlies the ever-stronger blazes, which have killed at least 35 people since the start of summer."It will start getting cooler. You just watch," Trump said."I wish science agreed with you," responded Wade Crowfoot, the head of the California Natural Resources Agency.
Trump on his arrival also repeated his argument that the wildfires are due instead to insufficient maintenance of forest areas to make them less combustible.Minutes earlier, Democratic challenger Joe Biden assailed Trump as a "climate arsonist" whose re-election would be catastrophic for the environment.California Governor Gavin Newsom, who has argued that the fires are driven mostly by global warming, acknowledged as he met with Trump that better forest management was needed. Trump has made little comment about the massive blazes in recent weeks, drawing loud criticism for not acknowledging the crisis.