Environment & Energy Report

Trump Threatens to Halt Disaster Aid to California Fire Victims (2)

Jan. 9, 2019, 5:31 PMUpdated: Jan. 9, 2019, 9:11 PM

President Donald Trump, who has blamed California’s forest management for last year’s disastrous fires, threatened to halt the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s assistance to victims unless that state changes its practices.

“Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest fires that, with proper Forrest Management, would never happen,” Trump tweeted Jan. 9. “Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money.”

He corrected the spelling of forest in a subsequent tweet.

Trump has threatened to pull federal funding before, such as in November when he said “gross...

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