Trump claims he's cutting FEMA aid for California wildfires

An American flag stands among burned rubble during the Camp Fire in Paradise California on Nov. 13. Bloomberg

An American flag stands among burned rubble during the Camp Fire in Paradise California on Nov. 13. Bloomberg

California officials and firefighters have said Trump's focus on forest management diverted attention from the role of climate change in fueling the increasingly destructive fires.

The tweet states that the president has ordered FEMA to stop sending money "unless they get their act together", which the president calls "unlikely". "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!" he said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) aid to California in the wake of devastating wildfires there, saying that the state first needs to "get their act together". "Even if we eliminated all habitat for riparian species and fish, and allowed saltwater intrusion into the delta and set up a sprinkler system over the state, that wouldn't compensate for greater moisture loss from climate change".

Pelosi slammed Trump's latest threat, tweeting that it "insults the memory of scores of Americans who perished in wildfires previous year".

The congressman then tried to direct Trump's attention to the people in his strongly Republican district who have been hurt by the fires. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

However, Newsom has been harshly critical of Mr. Trump since taking office this week. Gavin Newsom (D) and Sen.

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Trump visited California in February and toured the destruction left by the Camp Fire in Butte County. And the federal government owns far more California land than the state government at which Trump keeps spitting contempt and threats.

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

The Camp and Woolsey fires consumed more than 250,000 acres, destroying thousands of homes and killing 87 people. Former Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown shot back, blaming global warming "deniers" for the blazes.

The president approved a federal disaster declaration after the fire, but not before criticizing forest management and threatening to cut off federal payments to California.

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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