Trump threatens to stop federal aid for California wildfires

Erika Holt
January 10, 2019

President Donald Trump said he's ordered FEMA to cut off money to California over his criticism of forest management.

That would mean he can not order FEMA to stop sending money when a disaster has already been declared.

But in the latest example of the President's Twitter misspellings, "forest" became "forrest" and soon enough, "forrest Trump". It was unclear what prompted Trump to write, though often he does so after seeing a report on Fox News.

When the fires broke out, Trump blamed California's poor forest management and threatened to withhold federal funding if the state didn't change its practices.

"I'm already taking action to modernize and manage our forests and emergency responses", Gov. Newsom tweeted. Gavin Newsom (D) and Sen. Mr. Trump visited California in November to tour the devastation with then-Gov. Newsom attacked Trump's Tuesday night televised speech for border wall funding as "governing by fear and division".

Q: How has the shutdown affected FEMA work in California? Newsom said they had "been put in office by the voters to get things done, not to play games with lives".

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California utility PG&E exploring filing some or all of its business for bankruptcy protection as it faces billions of dollars in liabilities in connection with fatal wildfires in 2018 and 2017, according to Reuters. "Attacking victims is yet another low for this president".

Wildfire survivors in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties had been eligible for federal funds.

The president's tweet follows a fire season where the California town of Paradise was virtually wiped off the map, and homeowners and residents are lookgin to rebuild.

"President Trump has already destroyed his administration's credibility by claiming that climate change - which contributes to making these wildfires even more destructive - is a hoax", Grijalva said in a statement. We lost 86 people. But he tweeted he thinks that is "unlikely".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Republicans to condemn Trump and get him to reassure Californians needed assistance. And the federal government owns far more California land than the state government at which Trump keeps spitting contempt and threats.

Trump's charge that California has failed to properly manage its forests is inaccurate, Fugate added. The House, newly under Democrats' control, is planning to vote on a package as soon as next week.

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