President Trump just announced to California’s Gov. Newsome that the gravy train is coming to an abrupt halt!
Newsome’s apparent refusal to take any reasonable steps to start preventing the wildfires currently plaguing his state.
And make no mistake, President Trump says they are absolutely preventable to a large degree.
Here was the message our Commander in Chief just delivered:
Here's more from the USA Today:
Just last week California Gov. Gavin Newsom lauded President Donald Trump as a "partner" in California's efforts to fight wildfires.
“Every request we made of the Trump administration has been granted, and I just want to thank them again for moving expeditiously as they have to support our efforts here," Newsom said Wednesday.
That was then, this is now.
“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," Newsom said Sunday.
What changed appears to be a series of tweets earlier Sunday by the president, kicked off with this: "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."
Trump went on to lambaste California and Newsom for continually reaching out to Washington for aid to combat the fires.
"No more," Trump tweeted. "Get your act together Governor. You don’t see close to the level of burn in other states."
Newsom responded on Twitter that Trump doesn't believe in climate change, so "you are excused from this conversation." Newsom's office then issued a lengthy statement detailing the state's efforts at fire prevention.
The statement noted that the federal government owns 57% of California’s forestlands, with most of the rest owned privately. It added that California has increased its investment in hazardous fuels reduction, tripled the land managed through vegetation thinning, and streamlined permitting for vegetation management on private lands.
And from CBS:
President Trump took to Twitter Sunday, apparently renewing his threat to cut wildfire aid to California, reports CBS Los Angeles. His tweets touched off yet another war of words with Governor Gavin Newsom.
The president wrote, "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.....
"..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!"
Wasting no time, Governor Newsom did fire back, tweeting:
"You don't believe in climate change. You are excused from this conversation."
Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson told CBS L.A., "It seems that President Trump as shown a misunderstanding of what has caused our fires. Certainly, these are not by and large forest fires and Governor Newsom correctly explained that actually, you need to look at climate change to understand why we have this uptick in fires.
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