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President Trump says he’s cutting off FEMA funding to California over fires

09 January 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom, who was sworn in this week, was quick to fire back at Trump, tweeting that disaster and recovery periods are "no time for politics" and claiming he was "already taking action to modernize and manage our forests and emergency responses". Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency falls under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security, which has been left unfunded by the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Pelosi slammed Trump's latest threat, tweeting that it "insults the memory of scores of Americans who perished in wildfires a year ago".

Fire control is not Trump's only grievance with the Golden State, which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Newsom in November.

Newsom also pitched an additional $105 million to help California prevent and battle wildfires.

One potentially interested lawmaker is House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy; a spokeswoman has not responded to a request seeking a comment from him.

Trump's threat to withhold FEMA funds from recent wildfire survivors drew a swift rebuke from California Sen. Jerry Brown's administration has been sending water from "the North" into the Pacific Ocean.

At that time, he also threatened to cut federal aid to the state. And numerous state's worst fires don't happen in forests at all.

Days after the Camp Fire began burning, Trump threatened to withhold federal payments to California, accusing the Golden State of "poor" forest management.

"It's absolutely shocking for President Trump to suggest he would deny disaster assistance to communities destroyed by wildfire", California's senior U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday.

Newsom noted that California has pledged $1 billion over the next five years to ramp up its efforts, which include clearing dead trees that can serve as fuel.

In a tweet, Harris noted that Californians endured the deadliest wildfire in the state's history previous year.

California utility company PG&E Corp is exploring filing some or all of its business for bankruptcy protection as it faces billions of dollars in liabilities related to fatal wildfires in 2018 and 2017, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

President Trump says he’s cutting off FEMA funding to California over fires