President Trump says he’s cutting off FEMA funding to California over fires

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Trump tweeted Wednesday that California gets billions of dollars for fires that could have been prevented with better management.

Feinstein called Trump's tweet an "empty threat" that "candidly isn't worth the time of day", while Harris - rumored to be considering a presidential run - wrote that "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". It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!' Trump added.

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. FEMA has already spent at least $444 million in response to the 2018 wildfires in California, according to figures released by FEMA in December.

The Camp Fire broke out on the morning of November 8 near the mountain community of Paradise, California, sweeping through the town and killing at least 86 people, in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history.

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Writing on Twitter, Pelosi blasted Trump, saying his "threat insults the memory of scores of Americans who perished in wildfires past year & thousands more who lost their homes".

FEMA could not immediately comment because of the government shutdown. The trio called on Trump to double federal funding to manage forestlands in their states - a demand that comes after two years of budget cuts under the current administration.

During his trip to France a few days earlier, Trump tweeted: "With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California".

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President Donald Trump said he is cutting emergency federal aid sent to help California after devastating wildfires unless the Democratic-led state gets its "act together".

In November, the president blamed poor forest management for the wildfires that wreaked havoc across the state.

Newsom, a Democrat who took office Monday, said Californians affected by wildfires "should not be victims to partisan bickering".

"Disasters and recovery are no time for politics". More than 13,000 families lost their homes from the fires that ripped through Butte County in Northern California. "Attacking victims is yet another low for this president".

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In a Tuesday event on wildfire safety, Newsom had praised Trump for always providing California with necessary disaster relief funds.

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