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Trump says he has ordered FEMA to cut off funds to California 'unless they get their act together'


The president said wildfires in the state could have been prevented with proper forest management

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President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency "to send no more money" to the state of California "unless they get their act together" regarding forest management.

The president's comments come as California continues to rebuild following the most deadly and destructive fire in the state's history.

What are the details?

In a tweet, President Trump called the situation in California "disgraceful," saying that lives and money could have been saved if the state utilized proper forest management.

"Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money," the president declared.

KCAL-TV reported that FEMA has already approved more than $48.7 million in funds to 6,646 applicants affected by the Camp and Woolsey Fires that devastated the state last year. The application deadline was originally set to end Friday, but on Tuesday, FEMA announced that victims would have until Jan. 31 to submit requests for aid.

It is unclear which disbursements, if any, will be impacted by the president's announcement.

How did California's leaders respond?

Incoming California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) responded to the president's tweet, saying he and the governors of Washington and Oregon had just sent a letter on Tuesday, requesting the federal government's assistance in battling wildfires in the western states.

"We have been put in office by the voters to get things done," Newsom wrote, "not to play games with lives."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to join her in condemning the president's comments, saying that President Trump's "threat insults the memory of scores of Americans who perished in wildfires last year and thousands more who lost their homes."

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