Trump threatens to cut off federal funding for California wildfires

PHOTO: A firefighter from Santa Fe Springs talks on the radio while he battles to control hotspots of the Maria Fire, in Santa Paula, Calif., Nov. 2, 2019. PlayApu Gomes/AFP/Getty Images
WATCH Trump threatens to cut off federal funding for California wildfires

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning his first comments about the wildfires blazing through California attacking Gov. Gavin Newsom saying he has done a "terrible job" of forest management.

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In response, Newsom tweeted, "You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation."

He also suggested that the federal government will not be giving the state funding to help battle these wildfires adding, "Every year, as the fire’s rage & California burns, it is the same thing-and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help. No more."

This is not the first time Trump has made this threat. Last November, as crews battled the Camp and Woolsey fires, Trump blamed the state in a tweet for "gross mismanagement of the forests" and left state officials with this choice: "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

PHOTO: California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference for an update on the Getty Fire in Los Angeles, Oct. 29, 2019. Christian Monterrosa/AP, FILE
California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference for an update on the Getty Fire in Los Angeles, Oct. 29, 2019.

Then in January, he threatened again via tweet to end federal emergency funding to help aid California’s destructive wildfires tweeting, "Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money."

PHOTO: President Donald Trump speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House before his departure to New York, Nov. 2, 2019. Yuri Gripas/Reuters, FILE
President Donald Trump speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House before his departure to New York, Nov. 2, 2019.

Although the president has a history of casting blame on California officials, most of California's forests are owned and managed by federal agencies. Federal agencies manage 57 percent of the approximately 33 million acres of forest in the state, according to research done by the University of California.

The president also tweeted Sunday morning that California "desperately needs water." However, drought maps show that during this time California is not in desperate need of water as Trump suggested and that drought is not playing a role in the wildfires.

         
              
                     
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