Trump Orders FEMA To Cut Off Aid For California Wildfire Recovery

Trump Orders FEMA To Cut Off Aid For California Wildfire Recovery

In the tweet, the President threatened to withhold assistance for wildfire victims if the state doesn't improve its forest management practices.

"Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money", the president declared.

Incoming California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) responded to the president's tweet, saying he and the governors of Washington and OR had just sent a letter on Tuesday, requesting the federal government's assistance in battling wildfires in the western states. A Democratic strategist who previously worked for Newsom also weighed in, quipping to Politico that Trump should be more concerned about the "dumpster fire that is his administration".

On other occasions Trump has adopted a right-wing conspiracy theory blaming California wildfires on state water policies he pretty clearly does not understand.

FEMA could not immediately comment because of the government shutdown. "I'm already taking action to modernize and manage our forests and emergency responses", Gavin Newsom wrote on Twitter.

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.

Destructive wildfires erupted all over California in 2018, including the massive Camp Fire in Northern California.

The congressman then tried to direct Trump's attention to the people in his strongly Republican district who have been hurt by the fires.

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Numerous wildfires that afflicted California late past year were wholly or partly on federal land, according to data from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

California lawmakers have also called out Trump's threats online.

How did California's leaders respond?

"We have been put in office by the voters to get things done, not to play games with lives", Newsom tweeted.

Last month, Trump signed an executive order to boost logging and forest thinning on more than 4 million acres of federal lands to combat extreme wildfires.

In a Tuesday event on wildfire safety, Newsom had praised Trump for always providing California with necessary disaster relief funds. Experts have said this could help fires burn more slowly, but critics have noted that the federal government managed numerous state's forests and that Trump has sought to slash budgets of Department of Interior and U.S. Forest Service programs that are tasked with carrying out such activities.

Feinstein and Harris, both Democrats, have requested US$9 billion in supplemental disaster funding from Congress.

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