President Trump Threatens to Cut off FEMA to the State of California

Firefighters silhouetted against flames.

Firefighters silhouetted against flames.

On Wednesday, January 9th, President Trump said that he had ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to stop sending California money to help the state deal with the wildfires. This happened a day after the California Governor asked the President for more federal funds to fight the fires.

It has Happened Before

President Trump has made threats about cutting off federal support for California in the past  but has yet to follow through. [1]

A wildfire that happened in early November, in the northern California town of Paradise, was the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century It killed at least 85 people and destroying nearly 14,000 homes. [2]

On November 10th President Trump complained about the wildfires saying that they were caused because “forest management is so poor” in California. He then proceeded to threaten to take away federal funds to help fight the wildfires but never executed that threat.

Seven days later, on November 17th President Trump visited Paradise California- shortly after the wildfire had swept through, killing over 80 people.

It’s Happening Again

Now, once again President Trump is threatening to remove federal aid to the state of California. Trump continues to blame the fires on poor forest management.

I Guess That’s a No

California Governor, Gavin Newsom, sent a letter to the President asking him to double the federal funds for forest management the day before President Trump tweeted that he was ordering FEMA to stop sending money. [3] California has recently pledged $1 billion throughout the next five years to ramp up its forest management. They plan on clearing dead trees and increasing wilderness precautions in the coming years.


  1. ^Amir Vera, Cnn. “Trump’s tweet on California wildfires angers firefighters, celebrities.” CNN, 9 Jan. 2019, (go back  ↩)
  2. ^Shaw, Adam. “Trump says he has ordered FEMA to stop sending money to California ‘unless they get their act together’.” Fox News, 9 Jan. 2019, (go back  ↩)
  3. ^Christina Prignano – Dayside News Editor. “President Trump says he’s cutting off FEMA funding to California over fires – The Boston Globe.”, 9 Jan. 2019, (go back  ↩)

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