Politicians Respond to President Trump's Threat to Withhold FEMA funding


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

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to join her in condemning the president's comments, saying that President Trump's "threat insults the memory of scores of Americans who perished in wildfires previous year and thousands more who lost their homes".

Trump's move targets a state that is home to some of his biggest political rivals, including Democratic US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is leading the fight in Congress against Trump's demands for $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall on the Mexican border. The agency has so far not responded to news media requests for comment.

President Donald Trump revived his criticism of California on Wednesday, insisting again the state has mismanaged forest management programs and allowed wildfires to rage.

"Disasters and recovery are no time for politics", Mr Newsom added in a subsequent tweet. In an automated email reply, the agency said, "Due to the federal funding hiatus, we are not able to respond to general press queries". However, this is not the first time he's threatened to pull funding from California over the fires, during one of the deadliest seasons on record.

In November, the deadliest US wildfire in a century leveled the California town of Paradise, killing 86 people and destroying about 14,000 homes. Newsom joined then-Gov. Jerry Brown in welcoming the president on a tour of Paradise, California and other areas.

Trump's grasp of forest issues has come under question. They added that a "Twitter war" between Trump and Newsom was "not helpful".

"FEMA is actively contacting California Wildfire survivors to determine their housing needs and working diligently to identify additional short-term and long-term housing options", a message on FEMA's homepage said hours after Trump posted his tweet.

The newly elected governor stated he, along with the governors of Washington and OR sent a letter to the federal government asking for their help in relief efforts.

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Macdonald said he does not understand President Trump's logic when it comes to federal funding in the state.

"It's clear to me a lot more has to be done", Newsom said Tuesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. I hear you, I get it.

"Unfortunately, these practices don't have much influence on wind speed, temperature, relative humidity, or drought cycles, even if they may help us to address the long-term threat of climate change".

His executive orders focused on improving state-level initiatives to prevent and combat wildfires.

State and local agencies control only three percent, and the rest is privately controlled.

Newsom asked for the report to target prevention measures that would benefit communities of lower socioeconomic status with fire education barriers, a factor that helped make the Camp wildfire in Paradise, California, especially devastating.

Amidst criticism that Trump's rebuke showed insensitivity to the victims of ongoing fires, as well as first responders battling the blazes, the president subsequently made an extra effort to show his support for the state during the fires.

This article was written by Amy B Wang and Katie Mettler, reporters for The Washington Post.