Everyone Made the Same Joke About Trump's 'Forrest' Tweet
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 10, 2019,
Jan 10, 2019, 1:01
In the tweet, the President threatened to withhold assistance for wildfire victims if the state doesn't improve its forest management practices. 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!" the president said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Q: Can Trump withhold FEMA funds from California? However, a spokeswoman said the agency would be issuing a statement on the matter, though she did not give a timeline.
California officials and firefighters have said Trump's focus on forest management diverted attention from the role of climate change in fueling the increasingly destructive fires.
"Our climate is changing - we have to change with it".
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) declared that Trump's tweet "deserves a 5-star award for idiocy".
However, Newsom also took aim at Trump in his inauguration speech, saying he wanted to "offer an alternative to the corruption and incompetence in the White House".
Q: What has Trump done to promote forest management in California?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who represents a district in California, condemned Mr. Trump's tweet Wednesday, calling it a "threat insults the memory of scores of Americans who perished in wildfires past year & thousands more who lost their homes".
In November, the deadliest USA wildfire in a century leveled the California town of Paradise, killing 86 people and destroying about 14,000 homes.
"The President has seen first-hand our fire-ravaged areas in Northern California", LaMalfa added. Jerry Brown described as a "big, big win" for California.
Trump's latest threat comes as he remains deadlocked in negotiations with Democratic lawmakers, including California Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi, who serves as the House's Speaker, over funding for a border wall that has resulted in a government shutdown that has stretched 19 days.
The cost to federal taxpayers for fighting wildfires has increased dramatically in recent years, hitting a record $1.1 billion in 2017.
The state has requested an additional $9 billion from the federal government for wildfire relief, but it's unclear how much of that money would go through FEMA. That amount would increase to almost $3 billion by 2027.
Trump's tweet ignores the fact that almost 60 percent of California's forests are on land owned by the federal government, mainly the National Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
In his first full day in office on Tuesday, Gov. Newsom pledged tens of millions of dollars to fight wildfires and deal with the aftermath.