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California Gov. Newsom, a top Biden 2024 surrogate, makes high-profile trips to Israel, China

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is far from the Golden State this weekend, as he travels from the Mideast to the Far East on a high-stakes overseas trip that could fuel future presidential speculation.

The two-term California governor with a rising national profile made a quick stop in Israel on Friday, amid the Jewish State’s war with Hamas.

Then it was on to China, where Newsom aims to discuss climate change with the world’s most populous nation.

But it’s a delicate dance for the governor, who as a top surrogate on behalf of President Biden’s 2024 re-election campaign, needs to make sure he doesn’t disrupt fragile relations between the administration in Washington and the communist regime in Beijing.

But Newsom has repeatedly emphasized his support for Biden’s re-election and has stressed it is time Democrats rally around the president.

President Biden is going to run, and [I’m] looking forward to getting him re-elected. I think there’s been so much wallowing in the last few months, and hand-wringing in this respect. But we’re gearing up for the campaign,” Newsom said last month in an NBC News interview.

Days later, the governor said that “the answer is no” when asked during a CNN interview if he was considering a 2024 White House run. “No ambiguity.”

“Let’s get on the train. This train has left the proverbial station,” he added.

The telegenic 55-year-old Newsom has also spotlighted his support for Vice President Kamala Harris, a fellow Californian whose approval ratings are deeper underwater than Biden’s numbers.

Newsom’s reassuring support for Biden has appeared to put the president’s re-election campaign at ease.

“He’s been a tremendous asset to the campaign, and we’re really grateful to have him as part of our national advisory board,” Biden campaign manager Julie Chávez Rodríguez told reporters on the eve of the second Republican presidential nomination debate, where Newsom served as the top surrogate for the Biden campaign in the post-debate spin room.

While Newsom’s political moves may set him up for a potential White House run in 2028, Republicans aren’t ready to drop speculation the term-limited governor is still angling for a possible 2024 bid.

“He’s trying to tell the world that he’s the number one guy and that he’s going to be running for this seat for whatever reasons Joe Biden ends up not being their nominee,” California GOP chair Jessica Milan Patterson argued in a Fox News interview last month.

Associated Press material was used in this report

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Paul Steinhauser is a politics reporter based in New Hampshire. 

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