Gavin Newsom's Wife Tells Critics 'Get a Life' After Governor Cancels U.N. Trip

California Gov. Gavin Newsom's wife told critics to "get a life" in a quickly deleted tweet after he abruptly canceled his trip to Scotland for the United Nations Climate Change Conference due to unspecified family obligations.

"It's funny how certain folks can't handle truth," Jennifer Siebel Newsom wrote in the tweet on Sunday evening. It was deleted minutes after being posted, according to The Sacramento Bee.

"When someone cancels something, maybe they're just in the office working; maybe in their free time they're at home with their family, at their kids' sports matches, or dining out with their wife. Please stop hating and get a life."

Newsom's office had said the governor would be in Glasgow for the COP26 summit between November 1 and 3 to "highlight California's groundbreaking policies to combat the intensifying climate crisis and rally the global community to end their reliance on oil."

But his office reversed course on October 29, announcing the governor would remain in California due to "family obligations" and participate in the conference virtually.

California's Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis was tapped to lead the state delegation in Newsom's absence, but his office told The Bee that the governor would be participating virtually in events at the conference this week. Newsom's office did not reveal details about what those events were, according to the newspaper. The conference is due to end on Friday.

Newsom hasn't made a public appearance since October 27, when he received a coronavirus vaccine booster shot. His most recent Instagram post showed Newsom, his wife and their four children, aged 5 to 12, dressed as pirates for Halloween.

In the days since, announcements that he would typically make in front of television cameras—like California's implementation of a "robust vaccination program" after the federal government authorized Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use for kids aged 5 to 11—have been announced in emailed press releases.

Some have criticized Newsom's lack of public appearances and questioned why he receded from public view over the past two weeks.

"A governor's absence is always a matter of public concern," California Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, who ran as a candidate in September's recall election, tweeted. "That's especially true for a governor claiming sole authority to control people's lives through a 'State of Emergency.'"

But on Monday, it was reported that Newsom is set to make his first public appearance in two weeks since getting his coronavirus booster shot. He will take part in a "fireside chat" at the 2021 California Economic Summit in Monterey on Tuesday, discussing the state's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Newsom's office has been contacted for comment.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (R) and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom (L) look on after speaking to union workers and volunteers on election day at the IBEW Local 6 union hall on September 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images