Trump Says Has Halted US Funds for California Wildfires, Forest Management

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

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

FEMA is also impacted by the ongoing partial government shutdown and, as Washington Post reporter Damian Paletta highlighted, doesn't have money to send to the state.

Likely recognizing his spelling errors, Trump quickly deleted the tweet and re-uploaded another with the correct spelling.

Donald Trump appears to be fed up with the California forest fires that made 2018 the most deadly and destructive wildfire season in the state's history, as now he's chose to double down on his claims that the disaster is due to mismanagement. I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!' Trump added.

"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".

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But this didn't stop people on Twitter from imagining Tom Hanks, who played the eponymous Forrest Gump, in lieu of forest management.

McCarthy has not yet responded to Mr. Trump's tweet.

Q: Has a president ever threatened to cut off FEMA funding to a state before?

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

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Fire control is not Trump's only grievance with the Golden State, which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Newsom in November.

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

More than half of California's forests are managed by the federal government, and the letter noted the U.S. Forest Service's budget has steadily decreased since 2016. "It's absolutely shocking for President Trump to suggest he would deny disaster assistance to communities destroyed by wildfire", Senator Dianne Feinstein said in a statement.

Governor Gavin Newsom proposed US$305 million to remove thousands of acres of forests and brush, expand emergency crews and modernise California's 911 systems.

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Trump's tweet comes a few months after he slammed state officials by accusing them of mismanaging the forests as the state dealt with a series of highly-destructive wildfires. November's Camp fire ― the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history - engulfed more than 153,000 acres, destroyed almost 19,000 structures and killed at least 86 people.

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