Trump to halt U.S. relief funds for California wildfires

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Trump to halt U.S. relief funds for California wildfires

Trump toured the fire devastation with Newsom.

Trump added another layer of ignorance to his stance on Wednesday morning, when he attacked the state of California for failing to do "proper Forrest Management". I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!" he said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on what specific actions Trump has taken, how they were legally justified and what if anything would be done to help people who are depending on FEMA for food or shelter in the wake of the wildfires.

The announcement comes as California reels from one of its worst wildfire seasons on record. Jerry Brown and Gov. -elect Gavin Newsom, during which he promised that the federal government would continue to support the state in the face of these deadly wildfires.

The president's tweet came after the Camp Fire ravaged parts of the state in November and resulted in 85 deaths - becoming the costliest and deadliest in history for a state that regularly deals with forest fires.

Numerous state's worst fires have burned primarily federal lands.

Trump's tweet ignores the fact that almost 60 percent of California's forests are on land owned by the federal government, mainly the National Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. And numerous state's worst fires have burned primarily federal lands, as the Redding Record Searchlight reported.

"California has always been a leader with respect to sound, science-based forest management practices on private land", J. Keith Gilless, a professor of forest economics at the University of California, Berkeley, told NBC News, saying Trump was "at best uninformed". The state owns 3% of the forests in Cal.

Another prominent Californian, Sen.

Newsom replied on Twitter: "Disasters and recovery are no time for politics. 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".

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), who represents a district whose residents have been greatly harmed by this year's wildfires, has now issued a statement knocking the president for his declaration that FEMA money should no longer be used to help people whose houses have been burned down by a natural disaster.

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