President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he has ordered a halt to federal emergency funds for California to fight wildfires and manage its forests unless officials in the western USA state can "get their act together".
President Donald Trump threatened again Wednesday to cut off FEMA wildfire relief to California because of its "disgraceful" mismanagement of the state's forests.
Trump has repeatedly blamed California officials for failing to manage the state's forests, but numerous areas affected by fire are not forests at all.
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. The state's former top firefighter Ken Pimlott disagrees, saying last month that California leads the nation in clearing away dead trees and thinning areas to remove fuel for fires.
A spokesman for FEMA, whose operations are affected by the government shutdown, had no immediate comment.
"We have been put in office by the voters to get things done", Newsom wrote, "not to play games with lives". Trump has already declared a state of emergency for California's wildfires, making survivors eligible to receive federal dollars.
The president long has criticized California state officials, sometimes with dubious claims, over wildfires there and their steps to prevent and nix them.
Trump's charge that California has failed to properly manage its forests is inaccurate, Fugate added.