President Trump and California’s governor sparred on Twitter Sunday over the wildfires tearing through the state.
Trump blasted Gov. Gavin Newsom for doing a “terrible job of forest management” and implied he may cut federal funding to the state over its handling of the devastating blazes.
“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’ his forest floors regardless of what his bosses, the environmentalists, DEMAND of him. Must also do burns and cut fire stoppers,” Trump tweeted.
“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,” the president added. “Get your act together Governor.”
Newsom snapped back with: “You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation.”
Though Trump encouraged Newsom to “clean” the forest floors — none of this season’s blazes are burning in California’s forests, according to the Los Angeles Times and other outlets. The Getty Fire and others raging in Los Angeles started on hillsides.
Experts say California is experiencing intense blazes because of a rise in temperature that is drying out land and vegetation, making them more flammable, according to The Washington Post.
Trump also blamed improper forestry management for last year’s deadly wildfires, the most destructive in California history.
In January, he said he’d ordered a halt on federal emergency funding to the state to fight wildfires — claiming the money is being wasted amid mismanagement.
Most of California’s forests are owned and managed by the federal government. Researchers at the University of California found that the feds control 57 percent of the state’s 33 million acres of forest, according to ABC News.
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