Trump Threatens Literal Scorched-Earth Policy to Punish California

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"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 absolutely shocking for President Trump to suggest he would deny disaster assistance to communities destroyed by wildfire", California's senior U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday.

Trump at the same time appeared concerned for California residents in the path of the fires' wrath and unconcerned that cutting off the FEMA aide might put more people at risk of injury, death or losing their homes.

FEMA could not immediately comment because of the government shutdown.

New California governor Gavin Newsom responded to Trump's tweet, saying politicians shouldn't be playing games with lives.

Trump has blamed the state's devastating infernos on everything from a lack of raking to a nonexistent water shortage resulting from "bad environmental laws". If so, it's not working well so far, since Pelosi instantly responded by fingering Trump's buddy and her fellow Californian, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and demanding that he join her in defending their state from Trump's destructive threats.

Last month, Trump signed an executive order to boost logging and forest thinning on more than 4 million acres of federal lands to combat extreme wildfires.

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However, Newsom has been harshly critical of Mr. Trump since taking office this week.

"The President has seen first-hand our fire-ravaged areas in Northern California", he said.

Daryl Osby, the Los Angeles County Fire Chief, said in November: "We're in extreme climate change now".

Paradise Town Councilman Steven Crowder, a Republican, hadn't seen the president's tweet on Wednesday morning, but called it "disturbing".

The president long has criticized California state officials, sometimes with dubious claims, over wildfires there and their steps to prevent and nix them. We lost 86 people.

In a Tuesday event on wildfire safety, Newsom had praised Trump for always providing California with necessary disaster relief funds.

Trump also at one point linked imports of Canadian lumber to the deadly California wildfires, which forced thousands to flee from their homes.