President Donald Trump threatened California Gov. Gavin Newsome with cutting federal funding over the rash of wildfires that have swept across his state. Trump mentioned that Newsom has dome a “terrible job” at forest management and said that Democrats are in the pocket of environmentalists. Trump recently tweeted a video on the issue. Watch below.
‘The Governor of California, @GavinNewsom, has done a terrible job of forest management. I told him from the first day we met that he must “clean” the forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him,’ Trump wrote on twitter.
Trump said, “Must also do burns and cut fire stoppers every year, as the fire’s rage & California burns, it is the same thing-and then he comes to the Federal Government for $$$ help. No more. Get your act together Governor. You don’t see close to the level of burn in other states…But our teams are working well together in putting these massive, and many, fires out. Great firefighters! Also, open up the ridiculously closed water lanes coming down from the North. Don’t pour it out into the Pacific Ocean. Should be done immediately. California desperately needs water, and you can have it now!”
Gavin Newsom shot back immediately saying that because Trump “doesn’t believe in climate change” that he is “excused from this conversation.”
Trump has repeatedly blamed California officials for the wildfires in the state. Federal agencies manage 57% of the 33 million acres of forest throughout the state of California.
Watch a timelapse of the Maria wildfire in California below.
‘We’re successfully waging war against thousands of fires started across the state in the last few weeks due to extreme weather created by climate change while Trump is conducting a full on assault against the antidotes,’ the Governor said in a statement to the press.
“The reality is that while California has increased fire prevention investments and fuel management projects, the federal government has slashed its funding of those same activities,” Newsom’s spokesman Jesse Melgar continued.
Trump claimed that droughts had something to do with the fires but drought maps show that the state does not need water currently.
Scientists have said that forest management is not the only thing necessary to stopping forest fires. Allegedly climate change and other factors like downed power lines and homes built close together are hazardous and cause fires.
The Camp Fire in 2018 was the deadliest in California history claiming 85 lives. It was sparked by equipment being operated by Pacific Gas & Electric.
After Trump finished slamming Newsom, Trump showed appreciation for the firefighters that are fighting the blaze.
“But our teams are working well together in putting these massive, and many, fires out. Great firefighters!” Trump said.
There have been seventeen wildfires burning through California that have destroyed more than 94,000 acres of land. Millions have been left without power.
The Getty Fire erupted on Monday in Los Angeles County and it has burned through 618 acres this Tuesday. The fire got close to fancy celebrity neighborhoods and stars like Lebron James, Kate Hudson and Arnold Schwarzenegger have been forced to flee the area.
The fires throughout California have left 1,065,000 people without electricity and has displaced over 200,000 in the San Francisco Bay. The Kincade fire is the worst of the wildfires and ignited on October 23rd. It is now twice the size of San Francisco and has destroyed wine country in the area by scorching over 74,324 acres.