Trump hosted a dinner with business leaders in Bedminster, New Jersey and opened by speaking about the California Fires. He carefully stayed on script (mostly), in front of the CEO's who quit his Strategic and Policy Forum after his "very fine people on both sides" comments following the Charlottesville white nationalist rally that turned deadly.
It begins at 1:33.
He seems to dip his toe into the off-script pool at one point.
"It's been a very tough situation taking place in California for a number of years, and we're going to have to have some meetings about it, because there are reasons, and there are things you can do to mitigate what's happened."
"Because there are reasons..." I hope that wasn't in his script, because there are reasons and there are things you can do to make sense. It was probably him reeling himself in from going into what he's been tweeting about the last couple of days concerning the California fires that baffled water and fire experts.
Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Can be used for fires, farming and everything else. Think of California with plenty of Water - Nice! Fast Federal govt. approvals.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2018
California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2018
Dr. Peter Gleick is one such expert that spent the last couple of days correcting Trump's ignorant tweets.
Trump doubles down on his previous ignorant tweet about California #water and fires. The only water that reaches the ocean these days is what's left AFTER the massive diversions OUT of our rivers for cities and farms. And there's no shortage of fire-fighting water. Nuts. https://t.co/xWFeuoKv54— Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) August 6, 2018
Oh, and one last thing. #Water in California rivers isn't being "diverted" into the Pacific. It all used to flow there. What little #cawater reaches the sea now is all that's left after farms and cities have diverted most of it out of rivers.— Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) August 6, 2018
I'm sure that if he wasn't courting big business, he would have said something real stupid for us to talk about.
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