President Trump and California’s governor continue to spar on Twitter. The most recent engagement came on Sunday over the wildfires tearing through the state.
The president lashed out at 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 wildfires.
“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 charged back with: “You don’t believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation.”
Trump challenged Newsom to “clean” the forest floors, but 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 these 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 put the blame on 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.
California’s forests are mostly owned and managed by the federal government. Researchers at the University of California found that the federal government controls 57 percent of the state’s 33 million acres of forest, according to ABC News.
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