ABC News reports:
President Donald Trump woke up in Paris on Saturday in the mood to make threats toward California as it deals with deadly wildfires in Northern California and hundreds of smoldering homes in Southern California. In an angry tweet, the president threatened to pull federal funding for the state if nothing is done to “remedy” the situation.
Trump has long feuded with current California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, who is set to be replaced by fellow Trump antagonist Gavin Newsom. The Democrat was elected to the office last week. Newsom was previously married to former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who now dates Donald Trump Jr.
“It’s costing our country hundreds of billions of dollars because of incompetence in California,” Trump said in an October Cabinet meeting. It’s unclear where Trump was getting the figure of “hundreds of billions of dollars.” Cal Fire’s operating budget for 2018-19 is $2.3 billion.
There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018