Trump to stop federal relief aid for California wildfires

Trump turns up the heat on Pelosi, says he is cutting off funds for CA wildfires

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

Trump tweeted Wednesday that California gets billions of dollars for fires that could have been prevented with better management.

The tweet states that the president has ordered FEMA to stop sending money "unless they get their act together", which the president calls "unlikely". "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!" he said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

KCAL-TV reported that FEMA has already approved more than $48.7 million in funds to 6,646 applicants affected by the Camp and Woolsey Fires that devastated the state previous year.

FEMA could not immediately comment because of the government shutdown. However, a spokeswoman said the agency would be issuing a statement on the matter, though she did not give a timeline.

California Democrats were quick to rebuke Trump, who previously suggested that the state could avoid deadly wildfires by raking the forest floors.

"Our climate is changing - we have to change with it".

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

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However, Newsom has been harshly critical of Mr. Trump since taking office this week. Newsom attacked Trump's Tuesday night televised speech for border wall funding as "governing by fear and division".

Numerous wildfires that afflicted California late a year ago were wholly or partly on federal land, according to data from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The 2018 wildfire season in California was the worst in living memory, consuming almost 2 million acres of land, killing 87 people, destroying tens of thousands of homes, requiring an estimated $3 billion in public expenditures for debris removal, and costing insurance companies over $9 billion in payments.

President Donald Trump threatened Wednesday to withhold money to help California cope with wildfires a day after new Gov. Gavin Newsom asked him to double the federal investment in forest management.

The cost to federal taxpayers for fighting wildfires has increased dramatically in recent years, hitting a record $1.1 billion in 2017. The federal government owns 57 percent of the state's forests, according to data from the University of California. That amount would increase to almost $3 billion by 2027.

Trump tweeted that "unless they get their act together ..."

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

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