Once again, President Donald Trump has attacked California over its devastating wildfires and said the state’s emergency funding will be cut off if Governor Gavin Newsom does not “get his act together.”
“The Governor of California, @GavinNewsom, has done a terrible job of forest management,” Trump wrote. “I told him from the first day we met that he must ‘clean’ his forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him. Must also do burns and cut fire stoppers.”
The president continued, vowing that California will receive no further assistance from the federal government: “Every year, as the fire’s rage & California burns, it is the same thing-and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help. No more. Get your act together Governor. You don’t see close to the level of burn in other states.”
Trump also repeated his false claim that California is diverting water to the ocean, writing: “Also, open up the ridiculously closed water lanes coming down from the North. Don’t pour it out into the Pacific Ocean.”
In response to Trump’s twitter rant, Newsom responded, via Twitter: "You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation."
The Independent reported that “more than 198,000 acres of land has been destroyed across the region this year, with fires forcing people to flee their homes as 115 structures are razed to the ground in the last ten days alone.”
The publication also noted that despite Trump’s insistence that California’s forest mismanagement is to blame for its fires, scientists have explained that the state is “uniquely effected by the hot, dry Santa Ana winds, which can fan flames quickly across the state,” and climate change has only exacerbated the situation.
Trump first threatened to end California’s federal emergency assistance in January, but subsequent reports indicated he never took action on the warning.
It remains unclear whether the president will make good on his threat this time.