By Andrew Sheeler | Sacramento Bee
Gov. Gavin Newsom pushed back against the pushback from Republicans Tuesday on his just-completed week-long trip to China and brief visit to Israel.
The second-term Democrat has been peppered with criticism from GOP lawmakers that it was purely political theater designed to boost his standing within the party. They pointed to photos of Newsom and Chinese President Xi Jinping, sitting across from one another and shaking hands, as Exhibit A.
“He does whatever is necessary to make his political aspirations continue and his trip to China was another grandstanding moment for him,” said Sen. Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, his 2022 re-election opponent.
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