Trump halts federal funding to fight California wildfires

Trump turns up the heat on Pelosi, says he is cutting off funds for CA wildfires

Trump turns up the heat on Pelosi, says he is cutting off funds for CA wildfires

"We can't control the climate".

"Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California", Trump said in a tweet this morning (Jan 9), "for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen".

You know, like Forrest Gump.

He misspelled the word "Forrest", later tweeting the same message with the correct spelling of "forest".

FEMA did not immediately have a comment for the record when asked by The Daily Caller News Foundation. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests".

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) declared that Trump's tweet "deserves a 5-star award for idiocy".

"He's already inviting illegal immigrants to his sanctuary state - everybody!" one said of Newsom.

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Newsom also pitched an additional $105 million to help California prevent and battle wildfires.

Trump's charge that California has failed to properly manage its forests is inaccurate, Fugate added.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, in her own tweet, called on Republicans to condemn Trump and get him to reassure Californians needed assistance.

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. The state's former top firefighter Ken Pimlott disagrees, saying last month that California leads the nation in clearing away dead trees and thinning areas to remove fuel for fires.

Destructive wildfires erupted all over California in 2018, including the massive Camp Fire in Northern California. Current law states that where there is a disaster declaration, the president can not "delay or impede the rapid deployment, use, and distribution of critical resources to victims of an emergency".

"It's not a global warming thing, it's a management situation", said Trump. Jerry Brown and Gov. -elect Gavin Newsom, during which he promised that the federal government would continue to support the state in the face of these deadly wildfires. Studies have shown that when the president and governor belong to the same party, a disaster declaration request is more likely to be granted.

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