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Trump revives threats to withhold FEMA funds from California fire recovery

Trump revives threats to withhold FEMA funds from California fire recovery

The tweet states that the president has ordered FEMA to stop sending money "unless they get their act together", which the president calls "unlikely".

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

It's unclear what prompted Trump's tweet, but if one were to take a guess, it might have to do with the fact that California governor Gavin Newsom is blasting Trump for the address he gave last night on border security. I will continue to work in Congress, and with the Administration to ensure we have the funds needed to recover from these disasters. "I'm already taking action to modernize and manage our forests and emergency responses", Gov. Newsom tweeted. "The people of CA ― folks in Paradise ― should not be victims to partisan bickering".

"Our climate is changing - we have to change with it".

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) said on KCBS Radio that much of the land that burned in California was actually federally owned and managed.

Trump announced the decision to cut the flow of aid in a tweet on Wednesday morning. Jay Inslee and Kate Brown of Washington and OR, respectively, sent a letter to the president asking him to double federal funding for forest management. That includes the Camp Fire, which touched the Plumas National Forest; the Fork Fire, in the Angeles National Forest just east of Pasadena; and the Essex Fire in the Modoc National Forest in California's far northeast corner.

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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. He has said he'll hold back federal dollars for fire disasters before, but has not executed on that threat. Trump contended Monday that water could be used for "fires, farming and everything else".

"Declaring disasters is entirely the president's discretion; FEMA only makes recommendations", Fugate said in a phone interview. "I would under no circumstances say that Cal Fire and the state of California are neglecting this", he said, referring to the state fire agency.

Trump visited California in February and toured the destruction left by the Camp Fire in Butte County.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi fired back stating the president's statement "insults the memory of scores of Americans who perished in wildfires a year ago & thousands more who lost their homes".

"The President has seen first-hand our fire-ravaged areas in Northern California", he said.


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