Gavin Newsom-Donald Trump feud threatens FEMA California wildfire funds

Donald Trump stands alongside Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom as they view damage from the Camp Fire in Paradise California on Nov. 17 2018

Donald Trump stands alongside Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom as they view damage from the Camp Fire in Paradise California on Nov. 17 2018

Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that "billions of dollars" are sent to California to help with its wildfire recovery efforts and claimed, without evidence, that the state would not need the funds if forests were properly managed.

It's unclear if Trump's latest threat would affect FEMA actions.

It was not immediately clear, however, whether Trump's threat was bluster like other tweets he has sent falsely criticising California's fire management, or if he has actually ordered a funding cutoff to thousands of Californians trying to rebuild after the two devastating fires that hit the state late previous year.

"The president's attempt to pin sole blame for California's wildfire problems on the state's forest management is flat wrong".

Calls and emails to the White House and FEMA yielded no answers, with an automated response at the disaster agency citing the partial government shutdown now in its 19th day, an impasse provoked by Trump's demand for money to build a southern border wall.

California's Democratic politicians blasted Trump for his threat. "It's absolutely shocking for President Trump to suggest he would deny disaster assistance to communities destroyed by wildfire", Senator Dianne Feinstein said in a statement.

FEMA has disbursed almost $56 million to Camp Fire survivors and has been working with state officials on plans to remove debris from Paradise, which was virtually destroyed by the fire.

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CAL FIRE Local 2881 president-elect Tim Edwards said, "Now is the time for us to work collaboratively for solutions, not make unfair, risky assessments". "We have been put in office by the voters to get things done, not to play games with lives". An email sent to them generated this automated reply: "Due to the federal funding hiatus, we are not able to respond to general press queries".

"What I don't understand is the President belittles the state in terms of our forest management, and yet then threatens to hold back the money to do that management on the federal land", he said. "Attacking victims is yet another low for this president". If so, it's not working well so far, since Pelosi instantly responded by fingering Trump's buddy and her fellow Californian, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and demanding that he join her in defending their state from Trump's destructive threats. However, this is not the first time he's threatened to pull funding from California over the fires, during one of the deadliest seasons on record.

In November, the president visited Paradise, California, to see firsthand the destruction caused by the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in the state's history. We lost 86 people.

"We asked for a constructive dialogue to ensure the safety of our people, and instead we got an angry tweet" from the president, added Brown. While forest health can be a contributing factor in large fires, more than 60 percent of these forests are controlled by the federal government, not California.

It also came a day after Newsom and the governors of OR and Washington signed a letter asking Trump to spend more to manage the federal government's forests in the Western United States.

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. Jerry Brown past year.

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