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President Trump revealed he ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to stop sending disaster relief funds to California to handle forest fires "unless they get their act together." (Fox News)


“Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen,” he tweeted. “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!”

November's fire in the northern California town of Paradise was the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, killing at least 85 people and destroying nearly 14,000 homes.

Trump sparked controversy then when he blamed the wildfires on poor forest management, and threatened to withhold payments to the state.

In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Trump praised the firefighters but said the “big problem we have is management.” He said that responders were raking bushes that were totally dry and on fire: “That should have been all raked out, you wouldn’t have the fires.”

California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris excoriated the president for his rhetoric.