Trump cuts off federal funds to California to fight 'Forrest fires'

Geraldine Edwards
January 10, 2019

President Donald Trump revived his criticism of California on Wednesday, insisting again the state has mismanaged forest management programs and allowed wildfires to rage.

President Trump tweeted that "billions of dollars" are sent to the state for wildfires that "would never happen" with "proper Forrest Management".

President Donald Trump has again tweeted his dislike for the way forest management is handled and says he has called on FEMA to stop sending money to California to offer assistance to those affected by wildfires. "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!" the president said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Trump at the same time appeared concerned for California residents in the path of the fires' wrath and unconcerned that cutting off the FEMA aide might put more people at risk of injury, death or losing their homes.

The state's former top firefighter, Ken Pimlott, disagrees with Trump's assessment.

Many of his detractors have noted that the wildfires are likely due to extreme climate change, while the majority of California's forests are actually federally held, with just 3 percent owned and managed by state and local agencies. Mr. Trump visited California in November to tour the devastation with then-Gov. It was unclear what prompted Trump to write, though often he does so after seeing a report on Fox News. Jerry Brown described as a "big, big win" for California.

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"We are at a point where everybody's had enough and we need to, I think, make sure we are prepared more than ever for the next few months as we enter into the height of our fire season", Newsom said at a press conference with California's Office of Emergency Services officials. I will continue to work in Congress, and with the Administration to ensure we have the funds needed to recover from these disasters. "The people of CA - folks in Paradise", a community that was among the hardest hit by the Camp Fire past year, "should not be victims to partisan bickering".

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

North State Congressman Doug LaMalfa issued a statement in response to President Trump's tweet regarding California FEMA funding. That includes vowing to withdraw Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers as a punishment for some of the state's immigration policies.

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Numerous state's worst fires have burned primarily federal lands.

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