Trump halts federal funding to fight California wildfires

Donald Trump stands alongside Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom as they view damage from the Camp Fire in Paradise California on Nov. 17 2018

He corrected the spelling of forest in a subsequent tweet.

'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!", the tweet says. Eventually, #ForrestTrump even started trending. Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning. "The people of CA - folks in Paradise", a community that was among the hardest hit by the Camp Fire a year ago, "should not be victims to partisan bickering".

"California has always been a leader with respect to sound, science-based forest management practices on private land", J. Keith Gilless, a professor of forest economics at the University of California, Berkeley, told NBC News, saying Trump was "at best uninformed".

In a Tuesday event on wildfire safety, Newsom had praised Trump for always providing California with necessary disaster relief funds. November's Camp fire ― the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history - engulfed more than 153,000 acres, destroyed almost 19,000 structures and killed at least 86 people.

The White House did not initially respond when asked by The Wall Street Journal if the president had already instructed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cut aid.

Moreover, Trump's own agencies are responsible for managing much of the woodland in the state.

In a tweet, Trump accused the state of failing to properly manage its forests.

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However, Fugate said that federal law gives Trump the authority to determine whether to issue disaster declarations for future wildfires.

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

State officials have pointed to a variety of factors including some of the hottest years on record amid global warming trends.

The Northern California wildfire of 2018 killed at least 85 people and destroyed thousands of buildings across the state, obliterating the entire town of Paradise.

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

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

Trump's tweet today comes as he faces heat over the ongoing government shutdown, in which FEMA is partially affected.

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