Trump, Biden Face off on West Coast Wildfire, Climate Change

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With the smell of California wildfires in the air, President Donald Trump on Monday ignored the scientific consensus that climate change is playing a central role.

He reiterated his unfounded claim that poor forest management is to blame for the fires roaring up-and-down the West Coast.

The fires are threatening to become another front in Trump’s reelection bid, which is already facing hurdles because of the coronavirus pandemic, joblessness, and social unrest.

His Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, in his own speech on Monday said the destruction and mounting death toll across California, Oregon, and Washington required stronger presidential leadership, and he labeled Trump a “climate arsonist.”

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