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Trump Threatens to End FEMA Funds for California Wildfires

Should Trump end FEMA funds for California wildfires?

by Axios | Updated on 1.9.19

President Trump threatened to cut off FEMA funding for California's wildfire relief in a Wednesday tweet, blaming the state's poor land management.

"Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen. Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!"

Our thought bubble from Axios science editor Andrew Freedman: Climate change is extending wildfire season year-round and increasing the frequency of extreme fires that spread quickly and are harder to contain. Forest management, including "raking" brush, which President Trump has previously advocated, would not reduce the risk, fire experts have told Axios.

Background: FEMA has approved more than $12.7 million for survivors affected by wildfires in three California counties, the New York Times reports. Assistance includes temporary housing and home repairs, as well as low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses.

  • The Camp Fire that ravaged northern California was both the deadliest in state history and the costliest with overall losses of $16.5 billion and insured losses of $12.5 billion, according to Munich Re in a press release.
  • About 57% of California's forests are managed by the federal government, according to government reports. More federal lands in the state were burned last year than state lands.

Sen. Kamala Harris responded to President Trump's tweet:

"Californians endured the deadliest wildfire in our state’s history last year. We should work together to mitigate these fires by combating climate change, not play politics by threatening to withhold money from survivors of a deadly natural disaster."

Go deeper: Humans are a wildfire threat multiplier

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  • Craig
    01/09/2019
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    This is a perfect example of deplorable actions to appease a deplorable base. This act is inexcusable and a bald face lie. If you don’t like being called deplorable stop supporting a deplorable president doing deplorable things.

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  • Lydia
    Voted Oppose
    01/09/2019
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    Don't you DARE give this bully a PENNY of what he wants while he continues to use our own citizens as pawns in his schoolhouse playground games. PATHETIC. We on the Gulf Coast know what natural disasters do to people and their livelihoods. You MUST stand against this petty behavior.

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  • JTJ
    Voted Support
    01/09/2019
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    California consistently opposes the rest of the country with their socialist and open border policies. Cut them off, California does not deserve my hard earned money.

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  • Dicr
    01/09/2019
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    A clueless pathological liar does not make a good leader.

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  • J.r.
    Voted Oppose
    01/09/2019
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    I believe those fires started on Federal land. Sorry, that’s back on your administration.

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  • Mark
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    01/10/2019
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    Deplorable here. I am a responsible person with comprehensive homeowners insurance and flood insurance policies. Anyone who cannot afford homeowners insurance has no business owning a home in disaster prone California. Don’t ask me to pay via FEMA for their stupidity.

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  • Sandra
    Voted Oppose
    01/09/2019
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    Once again...this "president" knows NOT of what he speaks.

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  • Pete
    Voted Oppose
    01/09/2019
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    Trump's endless threats to liberal states to withhold federal funding should be seen as nothing more than partisan political bloviation. That said, his words are harmful to our union as a country. Get him outta there!

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  • carpediem
    Voted Oppose
    01/09/2019
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    This seems to be more of a retaliation against California due to support of sanctuary cities

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  • Joe
    Voted Support
    01/09/2019
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    Expel California from the union and build a wall across the sierras

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  • doingmypart
    Voted Oppose
    01/09/2019
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    It’s called extortion it should be banned as a practice in an attempt to force democrats to back his stupid wall.

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  • Steve
    Voted Oppose
    01/09/2019
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    Impeach Trump

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  • BlueSphere
    Voted Oppose
    01/09/2019
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    Who would ever have thought Americans would allow their country to be run by such a simpleton, let alone vote for one. What a mess. Do better next time, guys.

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  • Dave
    Voted Oppose
    01/09/2019
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    President Trump threatened to cut off FEMA funding for California's wildfire relief? He has a lot to pay for the tax cut, the Worthless wall, his weekly golf trip to Florida, subsidies farm and companies that are hurt by tariffs and NATA, and the government shutdown. He is nothing, but a Arrogant bully, that can’t relate to anything or anyone. Born with a silver spoon up his A _ _. Was given 1 millions dollars by his dad, which would be equal to 7 million today. His dad Funnel more then $400 million to him. His dad Bailed him out of his business dealings. He went bankrupt 4 times, keeping the asset and stiffing the stock holders and Lenders. Some how he can says he can relate, relate to what, missing a golf trip? He Constantly lies to the American public. Won an election with Russia help and the electro college. Has the biggest investigation in the history of the United States. Congress and the Senate need to override this president. The republicans / GOP (Grand Oil Party) owns Trump, Russia involvement, shutdown, the screw up in our international relations and this whole mess. Unfortunately the voters are also responsible for electing dumb A_ _es.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    Voted Support
    01/09/2019
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    If California isn’t going to properly take care of their forests then they should be paying for their own mess. Fema money should be withheld until California addresses it’s part. Maybe if they voted in conservatives they would do the right thing.

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  • Delvyne
    Voted Oppose
    01/09/2019
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    Simply not right.

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  • Susan
    Voted Oppose
    01/09/2019
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    He’s just pissed because they didn’t vote for him. Petty little crybaby

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  • ColonelMoose
    Voted Support
    01/09/2019
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    There is no state requirement to carry insurance even if the home is financed. So these “victims” saved a few bucks by not insuring the structures and contents. Now they think it’s the job of fema to replace those???? Let’s be reasonable. If you lost your things because you were being cheap...live and learn. No reason for my tax dollars to buy you a new HD tv.

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  • gddphd
    Voted Oppose
    01/09/2019
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    So first he tried to declare a national emergency to use funds and instead wants to cut funds for actual natural emergencies and operations where there is actual precedent and need. Again get this guy outta the office and replace with someone who has some forethought

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  • Jeffrey
    Voted Oppose
    01/09/2019
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    This is the most heartless, cowardly person to ever walk the hallowed halls of the White House a disgrace to this nation and the office...

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