President Joe Biden “opposes” the ongoing effort to recall California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Biden and Newsom share a “commitment” to battle both the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis, and that the president “clearly opposes any effort to recall” the governor.
In addition to sharing a commitment to a range of issues with @GavinNewsom from addressing the climate crisis to getting the pandemic under control, @POTUS clearly opposes any effort to recall @GavinNewsom
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) February 9, 2021
A reporter at Psaki’s press briefing Thursday asked her about Biden’s feelings on the recall effort. She said she had not spoken to the president on the topic but would circle back with the press corps after she had. (RELATED: Gavin Newsom Less Than 100k Signatures Away From Facing Recall Election)
Newsom’s approval rating fell to 46 percent over his handling of the pandemic, and some Californians launched an effort in June 2020 to recall the governor.
Organizers can trigger a recall election by gathering 1.5 million signatures by March 17, 2021, and they claimed to have eclipsed the 1.4 million mark earlier in February.
Republican John Cox, Newsom’s 2018 gubernatorial opponent, launched a million-dollar ad campaign Monday, targeting both the governor and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer ahead of a potential special election.