Sunday President Trump suggested cutting of federal funds to California for fighting the fires currently devastating the state until Gov. Newsom gets "his act together." Trump told reporters that "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." This isn't the first time that the President has threatened such action against the state. In January he Tweeted “billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen. Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!”
It's not clear if the President has the power to cut off the funds since appropriations are Congress' responsibility. Much of the California forest lands are owned by the federal government in any case and the U.S. Forest Service has twice reduced forest targets this year.
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