Trump Threatens To Withhold Wildfire Aid From California


Trump again threatened to withhold funding for California's wildfires, despite offering wildfire aid to Putin last year.

According to the White House pool report, President Trump suggested on Thursday that he might withhold funding for California wildfires, complaining that the state has not heeded his advice about raking the forest floors.

  • San Francisco Chronicle reporter Alexei Koseff tweeted a quote from the president on the issue: "But they have massive fires again in California. Maybe we're just going to have to make them pay for it, because they don't listen to us. We say you got to get rid of the leaves."
  • Trump said he has “been telling them this now for three years, but they don’t want to listen.”
  • Koseff also tweeted the entire quote:

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  • Meanwhile, Reuters reported last year that Trump had offered assistance to Russian President Vladimir Putin for fighting wildfires that raged in Siberia, citing the Kremlin.
  • “The U.S. president offered Russia cooperation in fighting forest fires in Siberia,” the Kremlin said in a statement last July. “President Putin expressed his sincere gratitude for such an attentive attitude and for the offer of help and support.”
  • The White House confirmed at the time that “the two men had spoken by phone and said they had discussed the wildfires as well as trade between their two nations.”
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For all you city folks, you don’t take the forest floor. You have controlled burns to get rid of debris. Again putting out fake statements with words he never said. Keep raking your leaves in the city but we burn off large property areas in the south. Might be why we have few major forest fires.


Just for you people who have never lived in the South, Cali does not enjoy the humidity the South does so its forests are not treated to the wet air that keeps everything moist from the morning grass to that big-ass Texas hair women wear. People who live only in the South have zero idea what it's like to live in a desert so let them go on and show their ignorance.

A Coonass who lived in SoCal who knows the difference...

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