Trump threatens to cut FEMA funding for California wildfire relief

Trump threatens to cut FEMA funding for California wildfire relief

Trump threatens to cut FEMA funding for California wildfire relief

"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".

Moreover, Trump's own agencies are responsible for managing much of the woodland in the state.

In a Wednesday morning tweet, Trump complained that "billions of dollars" are sent to California to combat forest fires, but claimed that with "proper Forest Management (sic)" the fires would "never happen".

You know, like Forrest Gump.

He later deleted the tweet and reposted it, spelling "forest" correctly the second time. It does not, however, correct any of the lying.

FEMA did not immediately have a comment for the record when asked by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to join her in condemning the president's comments, saying that President Trump's "threat insults the memory of scores of Americans who perished in wildfires a year ago and thousands more who lost their homes".

Q: Can Trump withhold FEMA funds from California?

Just before his tweet at 10.25am, Eastern time, the cable network's "Fox & Friends" programme - a Trump favourite - had extensive coverage of California matters.

California was devastated by a series of rapidly moving fires late a year ago.

Trump also at one point linked imports of Canadian lumber to the deadly California wildfires, which forced thousands to flee from their homes.

Trump's tweet came a day after California Governor Gavin Newsom was sworn in.

Trump's charge that California has failed to properly manage its forests is inaccurate, Fugate added.

Trump signed "fire funding fix" legislation in 2018 to give federal agencies $2.25 billion to fight fires starting in 2020.

"It's absolutely shocking for President Trump to suggest he would deny disaster assistance to communities destroyed by wildfire", California's senior U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday. "Attacking victims is yet another low for this president". It says a lot about Trump's focus on the subject that he bothered to make a correction. Many California wildfires are in non-forested areas.

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