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President Trump threatens to withhold federal funding to California because of ‘poor’ forest management

Posted at 3:21 PM, Nov 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-10 17:24:28-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal payments to California, claiming its forest management is “so poor.”

Trump says Saturday via Twitter that “there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California.” Trump says “billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

The comments were Trump’s first about massive wildfires, including a blaze that incinerated most of the Northern California town of Paradise and killed at least nine people.

Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom immediately responded to Trump, saying now is not a time for partisanship.

Newsom issued a state of emergency declarations for all of the counties impacted by California Wildfires, which are now the most destructive in California history.

Wildfires also raged in Southern California, including the town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman days earlier killed a dozen people at a local bar.

Trump earlier issued an emergency declaration providing federal funds to help firefighters.

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