Politics

Rep. Schiff’s ‘Trump Dunk’ Called Out As Trainwreck In Record Time

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Mike Brest Reporter

Congressman Adam Schiff went after the president for his response to the wildfires in California on Tuesday and his argument was promptly disassembled by a journalist.

The president tweeted, “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,” on Monday.

Schiff, who has been a constant critic of the president, responded to Trump by saying, “You’ve been in office for 18 LONG months and you still don’t have a science adviser, so allow me to help. Environmental protections have nothing to do with the wildfires in CA. Climate change does.”

Kimberley Strassel, a columnist for Wall Street Journal, tweeted documents to disprove Schiff’s claim. The record numbers of dead trees, according to reports dated last December, have allowed for the fires to continue to burn.

“The total number of trees that have died due to drought and bark beetles to an historic 129 million on 8.9 million acres. The dead trees continue to pose a hazard to people and critical infrastructure, mostly centered in the central and southern Sierra Nevada region of the state,” a statement by the USDA Forest Service and CAL FIRE read from December.