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

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

Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. "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. "Even if we eliminated all habitat for riparian species and fish, and allowed saltwater intrusion into the delta and set up a sprinkler system over the state, that wouldn't compensate for greater moisture loss from climate change". He signed two executive orders related to wildfire management, and joined a partnership with the governors of OR and Washington asking for double the current federal funding to manage forestlands in their states.

Donald Trump's messaging on the fires in California has been, for the most part, woefully misguided.

The president long has criticized California state officials, sometimes with dubious claims, over wildfires there and their steps to prevent and nix them. The White House and FEMA did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

Days after the Camp Fire began burning, Trump threatened to withhold federal payments to California, accusing the Golden State of "poor" forest management.

The natural disaster was the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California history, leaving an overall damage cost of $23 billion, according to German insurance company Munich Re.

In a Tuesday event on wildfire safety, Newsom had praised Trump for always providing California with necessary disaster relief funds. Gavin Newsom (D) and Sen.

Trump turns up the heat on Pelosi, says he is cutting off funds for CA wildfires
Trump claims he's cutting FEMA aid for California wildfires

In the morning following his Oval Office address to the nation, President Trump took to Twitter to voice his feelings on a matter other than border security and the ongoing government shutdown: forest management.

The Camp Fire, which erupted on November 8, 2018, and was finally contained 17 days later, killed over 80 people and destroyed almost 14,000 homes.

Trump's administration has said repeatedly that California's wildfires are evidence that forests must be managed more aggressively, through "thinning" and prescribed burns to reduce fuel loads.

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.

Newsom noted that he had joined Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee in writing a letter to the federal government earlier this week asking for an improved partnership in "taking on these unprecedented wildfires".

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