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Nov. 9, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at Asian Health Services in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Newsom, who had been absent from public life for nearly two weeks after canceling his planned trip to Scotland for the United Nations climate conference.

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at Asian Health Services in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Newsom, who had been absent from public life for nearly two weeks after canceling his planned trip to Scotland for the United Nations climate conference.

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Making his first public appearance in nearly two weeks, California Gov. Gavin Newsom finally gave a stated reason for abruptly canceling a trip to Scotland for a climate change summit.

“I signed up to go to Europe and I was ready to go and I had that dinner — a lot of you know this dinner with the family — and the kids literally, they kind of had an intervention and said they couldn’t believe I was going to miss Halloween,” Newsom said at an economic summit in Monterey on Tuesday. “We’ve got a 5-year-old, the oldest is 12, so four young kids, and I’m defending myself, saying, ‘I’ve got to go,’ this and that, and my wife was going to go as well.

“And mom and dad missing Halloween, for them it’s worse than missing Christmas. And I woke up that next morning with something that’s probably familiar to a lot of parents, that knot in your stomach. I had no damn choice: I had to cancel that trip.”

Newsom has not appeared in public since Oct. 27 and characterized questions over why he had no public appearances last week as “interesting.” His office told SFGATE that he worked out of the Capitol all last week.


In response to social media users who speculated he was having adverse reactions to the COVID-19 booster he received at his last public appearance, Newsom said, “There were some Twitter accounts, that I think we’d all do well taking some time away from social media. Just a thought.”

The governor was supposed to be in Scotland from Nov. 1 through Nov. 3, and his office originally said he canceled over unspecified “family obligations.” Over the weekend, he reportedly attended the San Francisco wedding of Ivy Getty, a billionaire oil heiress.

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