Everyone Made the Same Joke About Trump's 'Forrest' Tweet

Everyone Made the Same Joke About Trump's 'Forrest' Tweet

President Donald Trump said he is cutting emergency federal aid sent to help California after devastating wildfires unless the Democratic-led state gets its "act together".

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor", Trump tweeted.

'Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money.

"It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!", the tweet says.

In a tweet Wednesday morning, Trump continued his line of criticism he's repeated since fire season: that improper forest management, not climate change, is to blame for the destructive wildfires California has seen recently.

Critics on social media questioned whether Trump could legally withhold FEMA money that has already been appropriated. "The people of CA ― folks in Paradise ― should not be victims to partisan bickering".

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New California governor Gavin Newsom responded to Trump's tweet, saying politicians shouldn't be playing games with lives.

Donald Trump's messaging on the fires in California has been, for the most part, woefully misguided. And the federal government owns far more California land than the state government at which Trump keeps spitting contempt and threats. Experts have said this could help fires burn more slowly, but critics have noted that the federal government managed numerous state's forests and that Trump has sought to slash budgets of Department of Interior and U.S. Forest Service programs that are tasked with carrying out such activities.

Pelosi slammed Trump's latest threat, tweeting that it "insults the memory of scores of Americans who perished in wildfires past year". "It's absolutely shocking for President Trump to suggest he would deny disaster assistance to communities destroyed by wildfire", Senator Dianne Feinstein said in a statement.

FEMA is also impacted by the ongoing partial government shutdown and, as Washington Post reporter Damian Paletta highlighted, doesn't have money to send to the state.

Trump also at one point linked imports of Canadian lumber to the deadly California wildfires, which forced thousands to flee from their homes.

Trump's charge that California has failed to properly manage its forests is inaccurate, Fugate added.

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