President Trump Rebukes Forest Management in California and Threatens No More Aid in Tweet Today
A little after midnight Pacific Time, President Donald Trump tweeted from Paris,
There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
Earlier, in August, President Trump had tweeted,
California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2018
Three major fires are forcing thousands to flee homes in California this Saturday morning. At least nine people are dead. Friday, President Trump had approved Federal assistance to “supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts” to these three fires.
Fire suppression efforts have been blamed by scientists for contributing to the increasing severity and spread of wildfires. However, scientists are also concerned that climate change is a major factor.
In response, Acting California Governor Gavin Newsom replied to President Trump’s tweet at 10:27 a.m. our time. He tweeted,
Lives have been lost. Entire towns have been burned to the ground. Cars abandoned on the side of the road. People are being forced to flee their homes. This is not a time for partisanship. This is a time for coordinating relief and response and lifting those in need up. https://t.co/sAZ3QULV8G
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 10, 2018