Trump cuts off federal funds to California to fight 'Forrest fires'

Trump cuts off federal funds to California to fight 'Forrest fires'

Trump has threatened to pull federal funding before such as in November when he said "gross mismanagement" by California for a series of deadly wildfires, including one that destroyed the town of Paradise.

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'.

Misspelling the word "forest" twice in the same tweet, Trump wrote: "Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest [sic] fires that, with proper Forrest [sic] Management, would never happen. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!"

November's fire in the northern California town of Paradise was the deadliest US wildfire in a century, killing at least 85 people and destroying almost 14,000 homes. That means there is little to no work being done to manage forests while the government is closed, except responding to immediate safety issues.

U.S. President Donald Trump visits the charred wreckage of Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park with Governor-elect Gavin Newsom (L), FEMA head Brock Long (R), Paradise Mayor Jody Jones (2nd R) and Governor Jerry Brown in Paradise, California, U.S., November 17, 2018. "When fires strike or the earth shakes, [California] needs to be prepared", Newsom tweeted Tuesday, his first full day in office. She called on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, also of California, to join her to "condemn & call on POTUS to reassure millions in CA that our govt will be there for them in their time of need".

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The Camp Fire in California past year was the costliest natural disaster anywhere in the world in 2018, with a total cost $16.5 billion, according to a report this week by the reinsurance company Munich RE.

Wildfire survivors in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties had been eligible for federal funds. Other parts of Newsom's plan include an update to the state's 911 system and improved emergency response strategies.

Crowder added, "I'm sure I'm not alone - we lost our home, we lost our business, we lost our community - and I don't think that anybody that's been through that would be too supportive of that tweet".

But the reality is that the federal government manages more land in California than the state. The House, newly under Democrats' control, is planning to vote on a package as soon as next week.