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In a War of Words with Governor, Trump Threatens to Cut Funding for California Wildfires

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In a War of Words with Governor, Trump Threatens to Cut Funding for California Wildfires

2019-11-04 17:57:041 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Gavin Newsom (Image source: Public domain)

There is no love lost between Donald Trump and most of California. He doesn't appreciate their liberal laws or their community of immigrants. This has caused many differences of opinion between him and Gov. Gavin Newsom.  

Over the weekend the president further distanced himself from the governor by threatening to cut funding for destruction caused by wildfires.

Trump did the same last year with a raging wildfire that had already killed 76, with 1,300 missing and feared dead at the time. 

He suggested, "You've got to take care of the floors. You know the floors of the forest, very important."

"I was with the president of Finland, and he said, 'We have a much different — we're a forest nation.' He called it a forest nation, and they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things. And they don't have any problem. And when they do, it's a very small problem," he continued last year while surrounded by the devastation that had been caused by the wildfire. 

This year Trump is back for more of the same with California's most recent wildfires. He's even doubling down with the threat to cut funding.

In a Sunday morning tweet, Trump said Newsom wasn't doing enough to stop the fires. He accused the governor of doing a "terrible job of forest management." 

"Every year, as the fire's rage and California burns, it is the same thing — and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help. No more. Get your act together, Governor," tweeted the president.

He again brought up the need to "clean" the forest floors. "I told him from the first day we met that he must 'clean' his foreset floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him. Must also do burns and cut fire stoppers," wrote the president. 

But experts have a different view than Trump. They believe the increase in wildfires in the state is a result of several things, including overgrown forests, climate change, and development in areas that are prone to blazes.

The current fires causing much damage were made much worse by an act of God, the Santa Ana winds. Newsom blamed climate change in his response to Trump. 

"You don't believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation," he wrote in his Twitter response.

It's unknown whether Trump will follow up on his threat and actually pull funding. He threatened California last year as well. 

"Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests," he tweeted at the time. "Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

Millions of dollars in federal aid and assistance for the state has already been approved by federal agencies. FEMA has agreed to give the state a Fire Management Assistance Grant, according to Newsom's office on Friday. 

So far there have only been a few deaths this year, but the season is far from over.

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