President Trump says he’s cutting off FEMA funding to California over fires

President Trump says he’s cutting off FEMA funding to California over fires

President Trump says he’s cutting off FEMA funding to California over fires

Days after the Camp Fire began burning, Trump threatened to withhold federal payments to California, accusing the Golden State of "poor" forest management.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cut off wildfire relief aid for fire-scorched California until state officials "get their act together" and do a better job of managing forests. "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money", he stated in his tweet.

The Camp Fire broke out on the morning of November 8 near the mountain community of Paradise, California, sweeping through the town and killing at least 86 people, in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history.

Newsom, also a Democrat, said at his swearing-in ceremony this week that the Trump administration is "hostile to California's values".

It was unclear whether Trump had already ordered a withholding of FEMA funds or how that would work in practice.

FEMA is running on a thin staff because of the partial government shutdown.

Trump started this fire and he'll have to figure out some way to put it out that doesn't just look like a nasty jab at the nation's largest state.

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"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California", he tweeted.

"The people of CA - folks in Paradise - should not be victims to partisan bickering", Newsom stated saying he's ready to take action on modernizing forest and emergency responses.

Daryl Osby, the Los Angeles County Fire Chief, said in November: "We're in extreme climate change now". "It's absolutely shocking for President Trump to suggest he would deny disaster assistance to communities destroyed by wildfire", Senator Dianne Feinstein said in a statement.

Paradise Town Councilman Steven Crowder, a Republican, hadn't seen the president's tweet on Wednesday morning, but called it "disturbing". It is considered the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state's history.

But the reality is that the federal government manages more land in California than the state.

In his first full day in office on Tuesday, Gov. Newsom pledged tens of millions of dollars to fight wildfires and deal with the aftermath.

Trump's charge that California has failed to properly manage its forests is inaccurate, Fugate added. Their request was not considered previous year and the new Congress has not taken up a disaster aid package.

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