"We come from a perspective humbly where we submit the science is in and observed evidence is self-evident: that climate change is real, and that is exacerbating this," the Democratic governor said during a meeting with the president.
Trump, who has authorized federal disaster aid for both California and Oregon, questioned that science.
"It’ll start getting cooler, you just watch," he said. "I don’t think science knows."
Trump's administration has waged a series of legal battles with Democratic-run California, the most-populous U.S. state, on a variety of issues including immigration and environmental policy. The state for its part has sued his administration more than 100 times. Trump lost badly in California in the 2016 election and is expected to fare poorly there in November.
GAVIN NEWSOM: We obviously feel very strongly that the hots are getting hotter, the drys are getting drier. When we're having heat domes, the likes of which we've never seen in our history-- the hottest August ever in the history of the state, the ferocity of these fires, the drought five-plus years, losing 163 million trees to that drought-- something's happened to the plumbing of the world. And we come from a perspective humbly where we submit the science is in and observed evidence is self-evident that climate change is real. And that is exacerbating this.
And so I think there is an area of at least commonality on vegetation and forest management. But please, respect-- and I know you do-- the difference of opinion out here as it relates to this fundamental issue on the issue of climate change.
DONALD TRUMP: Absolutely.
GAVIN NEWSOM: Appreciate that.
DONALD TRUMP: Chad, please?
- As the governor said, we've had temperatures explode this summer. You may have learned that we broke a world record in the Death Valley, 130 degrees. But even in Greater LA, 120-plus degrees. And we're seeing this warming trend make our summers warmer, but also our winters warmer as well.
So I think one area of mutual agreement and priority is vegetation management. But I think we want to work with you to really recognize the changing climate and what it means to our forests, and actually work together with that science. That science is going to be key. Because 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.
DONALD TRUMP: OK. It'll start getting cooler.
- I wish--
DONALD TRUMP: You just watch.
- I wish science agreed with you.
DONALD TRUMP: Well, I don't think science knows, actually. Tom, please.