President Orders End to FEMA Money for California Wildfire Recovery

President Orders End to FEMA Money for California Wildfire Recovery

President Orders End to FEMA Money for California Wildfire Recovery

But in the latest example of the President's Twitter misspellings, "forest" became "forrest" and soon enough, "forrest Trump".

In a tweet, President Trump threatened to stop federal aid to California for wildfires "unless they get their act together". "It is a disgraceful situation in lives and money!"

"Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest fires that, with proper Forrest (sic) Management, would never happen". Eventually, #ForrestTrump even started trending.

Trump tweeted that "unless they get their act together ... The people of CA - folks in Paradise", a community that was among the hardest hit by the Camp Fire a year ago, "should not be victims to partisan bickering". According to the AP, he said last month his state leads the nation in clearing away brush, dead trees, and other incendiary materials that feed forest fires.

It was unclear whether Trump had already ordered a withholding of FEMA funds or how that would work in practice.

In a tweet Wednesday morning, Trump continued his line of criticism he's repeated since fire season: that improper forest management, not climate change, is to blame for the destructive wildfires California has seen recently. Experts have said this could help fires burn more slowly, but critics have noted that the federal government managed numerous state's forests and that Trump has sought to slash budgets of Department of Interior and U.S. Forest Service programs that are tasked with carrying out such activities.

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However, Fugate said that federal law gives Trump the authority to determine whether to issue disaster declarations for future wildfires. The two met when Trump visited Paradise a few days after the fire.

In his first full day in office on Tuesday, Gov. Newsom pledged tens of millions of dollars to fight wildfires and deal with the aftermath.

State officials have pointed to a variety of factors including some of the hottest years on record amid global warming trends.

Trump's tweet today comes as he faces heat over the ongoing government shutdown, in which FEMA is partially affected.

Trump's administration has said repeatedly that California's wildfires are evidence that forests must be managed more aggressively, through "thinning" and prescribed burns to reduce fuel loads.

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