President Donald Trump revived his criticism of California on Wednesday, insisting again the state has mismanaged forest management programs and allowed wildfires to rage.
US President Donald Trump said he has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency not to send more disaster funding to fire-ravaged California "unless they get their act together, which is unlikely".
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". I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!"
During that trip, the president also blamed "poor forest management" for the severity of the fires.
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.
FEMA is running on a thin staff because of the partial government shutdown.
Incoming California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) responded to the president's tweet, saying he and the governors of Washington and OR had just sent a letter on Tuesday, requesting the federal government's assistance in battling wildfires in the western states. Trump contended Monday that water could be used for "fires, farming and everything else". The utility said it's doing all it can to reduce wildfire risks. 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". And the federal government owns far more California land than the state government at which Trump keeps spitting contempt and threats.
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. Newsom asked for $105 million to improve wildfire safety on Tuesday. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests".