Trump threatens to yank funds for California wildfire recovery

Trump threatens to yank funds for California wildfire recovery

Trump threatens to yank funds for California wildfire recovery

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor", Trump tweeted.

"Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money", Trump wrote, adding: "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!" It is considered the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state's history.

Last April, Trump falsely stated that the California government is diverting river water into the Pacific Ocean that could be used to fight forest fires, but he also signaled he will fast-track federal help.

"FEMA is actively contacting California Wildfire survivors to determine their housing needs and working diligently to identify additional short-term and long-term housing options", a message on FEMA's homepage said hours after Trump posted his tweet. "I'm already taking action to modernize and manage our forests and emergency responses", Gov. Newsom tweeted.

The Northern California wildfire of 2018 killed at least 85 people and destroyed thousands of buildings across the state, obliterating the entire town of Paradise.

The Camp Fire in California past year was the costliest natural disaster anywhere in the world in 2018, with a total cost $16.5 billion, according to a report this week by the reinsurance company Munich RE.

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

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The California Professional Firefighters organisation, with more than 30,000 members, said at the time Trump's assertion was "dangerously wrong".

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

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

How did California's leaders respond?

He has said he'll hold back federal dollars for fire disasters before, but has not executed on that threat.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Republicans to condemn Trump and get him to reassure Californians needed assistance.

But the reality is that the federal government manages more land in California than the state.

Newsom also pitched an additional $105 million to help California prevent and battle wildfires. The House, newly under Democrats' control, is planning to vote on a package as soon as next week.

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