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.
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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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.
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.
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.
A clueless pathological liar does not make a good leader.
I believe those fires started on Federal land. Sorry, that’s back on your administration.
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.
Once again...this "president" knows NOT of what he speaks.
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!
This seems to be more of a retaliation against California due to support of sanctuary cities
Expel California from the union and build a wall across the sierras
It’s called extortion it should be banned as a practice in an attempt to force democrats to back his stupid wall.
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.
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.
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.
Simply not right.
He’s just pissed because they didn’t vote for him. Petty little crybaby
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.
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
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...