Monday, 25 March, 2019

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

Donald Trump stands alongside Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom as they view damage from the Camp Fire in Paradise California on Nov. 17 2018 Trump turns up the heat on Pelosi, says he is cutting off funds for CA wildfires
Andrew Cummings | 10 January, 2019, 01:42

Trump tweeted Wednesday that California gets billions of dollars for fires that could have been prevented with better management.

"Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money". "I mean, we had the (most destructive) wildfire in California history".

Trump's tweet came a day after California Governor Gavin Newsom was sworn in.

Trump's latest threat comes as he remains deadlocked in negotiations with Democratic lawmakers, including California Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi, who serves as the House's Speaker, over funding for a border wall that has resulted in a government shutdown that has stretched 19 days.

President Donald Trump revived his criticism of California on Wednesday, insisting again the state has mismanaged forest management programs and allowed wildfires to rage. FEMA did not immediately have a comment for the record when asked by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

However, Newsom has been harshly critical of Mr. Trump since taking office this week. "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!" he tweeted during the Camp Fire, which killed 86 people, burned 153,000 acres of land and destroyed almost 14,000 homes.

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In this file photo taken on November 10, 2018 Flames from the Camp fire burn near a home atop a ridge near Big Bend, California.

California was devastated by a series of rapidly moving fires late a year ago.

Cutting off the state entirely from assistance available to Trump-friendlier jurisdictions regardless of their "Forrest Management" policies, would certainly put California Republicans, including McCarthy, in a very tough spot. He signed two executive orders related to wildfire management, and joined a partnership with the governors of OR and Washington asking for double the current federal funding to manage forestlands in their states.

It's unclear from the tweet if Trump had already cut off funds or was only threatening to do so. The utility said it's doing all it can to reduce wildfire risks. The president claims that the state is not properly managing their land, unlike Finland, where they rake the forest floor-at least according to Trump. Trump has threatened in the past to halt federal support for California but has yet to follow through.

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

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