He signed two executive orders related to wildfire management, and joined a partnership with the governors of OR and Washington asking for double the current federal funding to manage forestlands in their states.
Speaking at a Cal Fire station in Colfax, near the Tahoe National Forest, Newsom on Tuesday chided Trump's administration for cutting forestry budgets by $2 billion, but he also pledged to cooperate with the White House on fire-safety issues.
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Additionally, a little more than half of forestland in California is owned and managed by the federal government. "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!" the president said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Trump's threat to withhold FEMA funds from recent wildfire survivors drew a swift rebuke from California Sen. "The people of CA ― folks in Paradise ― should not be victims to partisan bickering".
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Donald Trump is threatening to cut off federal money to aid California's deadly wildfires, claiming the money is being wasted.
Democratic Congressman Raúl Grijalva, the new chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, said Trump "knows how to govern only by threats".
California utility PG&E Corp.is exploring filing some or all of its business for bankruptcy protection as it faces billions of dollars in liabilities in connection with fatal wildfires in 2018 and 2017, according to Reuters. Wildfires ravaged California in November, leaving at least 89 dead and thousands of people displaced.
Fire control is not Trump's only grievance with the Golden State, which voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Newsom in November.
FEMA is part of the Department of Homeland Security, whose operations are affected by the partial government shutdown, which entered its 19th day on Wednesday.
The Camp Fire in California a year ago was the costliest natural disaster anywhere in the world in 2018, with a total cost $16.5 billion, according to a report this week by the reinsurance company Munich RE.