Trump threatens to axe emergency fire aid for California

Trump threatens to axe emergency fire aid for California

While the President misspelled forest in his first tweet, he later sent a new tweet with the correct spelling.

President Donald Trump on January 9, 2019 said he is cutting emergency federal aid sent to help California after devastating wildfires unless the Democratic-led state gets its 'act together'. "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!"

President Trump tweeted that "billions of dollars" are sent to the state for wildfires that "would never happen" with "proper Forrest Management". Eventually, #ForrestTrump even started trending.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) declared that Trump's tweet "deserves a 5-star award for idiocy". "The people of CA - folks in Paradise", a community that was among the hardest hit by the Camp Fire past year, "should not be victims to partisan bickering". Trump has threatened in the past to halt federal support for California but has yet to follow through.

The Camp Fire broke out on the morning of November 8 near the mountain community of Paradise, California, sweeping through the town and killing at least 86 people, in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history.

Additionally, a little more than half of forestland in California is owned and managed by the federal government.

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California has suffered a series of increasingly massive, deadly blazes in the past two years that have destroyed homes and businesses and put burnt areas at a greater risk of mudslides.

Now comes noted forestry management professional and president of the United States Donald Trump, who has decided that the best response to help the state rebuild and recover is to threaten it by withholding FEMA funds.

FEMA is running on a thin staff because of the partial government shutdown.

The president long has criticized California state officials, sometimes with dubious claims, over wildfires there and their steps to prevent and nix them.

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. Perhaps he simply means he won't issue any more disaster declarations for California wildfires, which is easy to say now but a bit of a reach when people are dying and homes are burning.

In a tweet, Harris noted that Californians endured the deadliest wildfire in the state's history previous year.

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