Trump claims he's cutting FEMA aid for California wildfires

Donna Williams sat in the ruins of an apartment house in Paradise Calif. where she had lived for 19 years

Trump claims he's cutting FEMA aid for California wildfires

'Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money.

He later deleted the tweet and reposted it, spelling "forest" correctly the second time.

President Trump says he has ordered a stoppage of federal emergency aid to California, blaming the state for not managing its forests.

Trump's idea was blasted by Democrats as a callous, empty threat and even California Republicans released statements saying it was the wrong approach to the problem of forest management.

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The latest announcement drew an immediate response from the state's new governor. Kamala Harris, a potential Democratic challenger to Trump for the White House in 2020, as well as the state's other top Democrats, newly elected Gov. Gavin Newsom and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents the Bay Area.

Wildfire survivors in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties had been eligible for federal funds.

"Our climate is changing - we have to change with it". And numerous state's worst fires don't happen in forests at all. He doesn't have the power to unilaterally cancel federal funding for a particular agency's activities in a particular state. Another 40 percent is held by companies, Native American tribes or families. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests".

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California", he tweeted.

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"Declaring disasters is entirely the president's discretion; FEMA only makes recommendations", Fugate said in a phone interview.

It was not immediately clear, however, whether Trump's threat was bluster like other tweets he has sent falsely criticising California's fire management, or if he has actually ordered a funding cutoff to thousands of Californians trying to rebuild after the two devastating fires that hit the state late a year ago. Newsom asked for $105 million to improve wildfire safety on Tuesday.

Trump tweeted that "unless they get their act together ..." "Attacking victims is yet another low for this president".

Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported last month.

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