Trump Hits California With Threat of Suspending Disaster Aid for Forest Fires

In a tweet, the president called for California to improve foresting techniques, or forfeit FEMA disaster funds.

President Trump needs more distractions.

On Tuesday, court filings by the legal team of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller is alleging that he’d shared 2016 polling data with Russian intelligence.

Trump’s address to the nation from the Oval Office later that evening was full of stolen internet meme-speak and delivered with all the convincing vigor of a funeral dirge.

To be perfectly fair, the same can be said of the response, with its bizarre optics, of Senator Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Maybe get somebody who isn’t AARP-eligible to chime in after 9pm in the future, ok, guys?

So President Trump arose on Wednesday, ready to take a run at a fresh controversy.

Today’s target is California, still reeling from the 2018 wild fire that devastated the northern part of the state.

The November fire was the deadliest in the state’s history, claiming 85 lives and destroying thousands of structures.

The overall cost was estimated at over $16 billion.

At the time, Trump all but blamed the victims by suggesting that improper forest management was the cause of the fire. He threatened to withhold federal funding, as a result. He did, however, eventually give in and release federal funds.

On one visit to Paradise, California, a community practically wiped out by the fire, the president gave a bizarre account of having spoken with the president of Finland, and touted their forest management:

Trump said: “I was with the president of Finland and he said: ‘We have, much different, we are a forest nation.’ He called it a forest nation. And they spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem.”

Meanwhile, the president of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, seemed confused by Trump’s assertion.

Finnish social media users mocked him with photos of themselves holding rakes.

Niinistö later suggested that raking was not mentioned. He said that while discussing the fires in California, he told Trump that Finland was a nation of forests, and that they prevented forest fires with a good surveillance system.

So now Trump is back to those forest fires, and he’s turning the screws on California.

With a Wednesday morning tweet, Trump declared that the days of helping out California when disaster strikes are going to end.

"Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest (sic) fires that, with proper Forrest (sic) Management, would never happen," Trump tweeted.

"Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money," he added, calling it a "disgraceful situation in lives & money."

This is where I feel compelled to point out that California authorities have suggested that climate change has made these disasters worse.

I don’t buy it. It certainly wasn’t the cause.

But then again, neither do I buy Trump’s position that poor forest management is the cause. Suggesting that raking the forests would mean forest fires would never happen, and using that as an excuse to withhold disaster funds from fellow Americans is hyperbole most foul.

Meanwhile, FEMA, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, can’t say a whole lot. They’re currently without funding, due to the partial government shutdown, which is closing in on its third week.

Of course, Trump’s congenital lack of spelling prowess has made this one ripe for ridicule, as much as outrage.

And of course, there’s a point for sincere speculation, as to what may have prompted this sudden attack on California:

Coincidence, I'm sure.

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Contemplator
Contemplator

Oops! I accidentally read another Susan Wright post!

I'd say Trump is trying to rescue Californians from their own stupidity (in electing liberal leftists all the time) by compelling real adult behavior under the threat of no more Uncle Sam coming in to clean up enormously expensive but foreseeable and preventable messes. He's also trying to stem the tide of illegal immigration along with its violence and murder, drugs, uninsured vehicular accidents, and huge financial costs. Maybe Trump cares about lives in California more than Californians do.

Jonah_Kyle
Jonah_Kyle

If California has proven by its own actions that proven preventable maintenance, such as creating fire breaks, was purposely neglected, then Trump has every right to enact such penalty as he sees fit through the Dept. of Interior and Homeland Security. The fact that this was not written in the tweet is irrelevant; every rational and / or HONEST person, understood exactly what Trump meant.

I believe that "progressive" government policies pushed "climate change" as the reason for NOT doing the firebreaks, when I know damn well that they KNEW a fire of this scale was not only possible, but highly likely, to have happened, which allowed them to advance the narrative of more climate change policies. In short, the government progressives are responsible for the WILLFUL MURDER of DOZENS of Californians by their purposeful neglect. YES, I said it: this was MURDER.

And people have the audacity of criticizing TRUMP for this debacle. SHAME!

ForAllAmericans
ForAllAmericans

Honestly how is this not an impeachable offense? The president of the United States just decided he feels certain parts of his country aren't worth helping. First it was PR and now California. At this point I think I have a right to view anyone still supporting this man as my enemy. He literally doesn't care if people like me die.

Latuya
Latuya

Ill check in next time a tornado destroys a city in Kansas or Oklahoma. How a bout a hurricane in Texas, they surely deserve it.

Bosman
Bosman

Maybe the new Governor can move to re-appropriate all the monies that was set aside for ILLEGALS (free health care, sanctuary state, sanctuary cities, state other state benefits) for this cause? You could clear a lot of brush with those dollars.