President Trump threatens to cut off FEMA funding for California

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President Trump is threatening to cut off billions of dollars in FEMA funding to California. Trump says with proper forest management, wildfires would never happen. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold Federal Emergency Management Agency money to help California cope with wildfires if the state doesn't improve its forest management practices.

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Politicians and others are responding to President Trump's threat to withhold funding to California to prevent wildfires.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that California gets billions of dollars for fires that could have been prevented with better management. The state's former top firefighter Ken Pimlott disagrees, saying last month that California leads the nation in clearing away dead trees and thinning areas to remove fuel for fires.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has responded to the president:

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has also responded:

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

This isn't the first time the president has criticized California for its handling of wildfires. Back in November, he blamed wildfires across the state on "gross mismanagement," sparking a backlash from firefighters and state leaders.

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The Associated Press has contributed to this report.
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