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

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
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10 January, 2019

"Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen", he tweeted. I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. The Mendocino Complex fire, the largest wildfire in the state's recorded history, burned more than 450,000 acres north of Santa Rosa in July.

Trump tweeted that "unless they get their act together ..."

On other occasions Trump has adopted a right-wing conspiracy theory blaming California wildfires on state water policies he pretty clearly does not understand.

"I'm already taking action to modernize and manage our forests and emergency responses", he added in a post to Twitter.

During a November tour of the wreckage of the Camp Fire, the deadliest in California history, Trump blamed what he called poor forest management for the fire, and threatened to end FEMA funding.

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In this file photo taken on November 10, 2018 Flames from the Camp fire burn near a home atop a ridge near Big Bend, California. "When fires strike or the earth shakes, [California] needs to be prepared", Newsom tweeted Tuesday, his first full day in office.

Few California Republicans responded to Trump; House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, one of the president's closest congressional allies, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

However, Fugate said that federal law gives Trump the authority to determine whether to issue disaster declarations for future wildfires.

KCAL-TV reported that FEMA has already approved more than $48.7 million in funds to 6,646 applicants affected by the Camp and Woolsey Fires that devastated the state past year.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked Republicans to condemn Trump and get him to reassure Californians needed assistance. The president claims that the state is not properly managing their land, unlike Finland, where they rake the forest floor-at least according to Trump. Experts have said this could help fires burn more slowly, but critics have noted that the federal government managed numerous state's forests and that Trump has sought to slash budgets of Department of Interior and U.S. Forest Service programs that are tasked with carrying out such activities. Their request was not considered a year ago and the new Congress has not taken up a disaster aid package.


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