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Trump threatens to withhold federal funding for wildfires

Posted at 1:06 PM, Nov 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-10 16:06:20-05

President Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to call out California officials for mismanaging forests, threatening to keep federal disaster funding away from Californians if it continues.

Trump had previously issued an emergency declaration, providing federal funds to help firefighters.

His tweet comes as thousands of Californians remain evacuated from Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Wildfires across the state have burned thousands of homes and killed at least 9 people but firefighters expect that number to rise as they access new damaged areas.

Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom immediately responded to Trump, saying now is not a time for partisanship.

Newsom issued a state of emergency declarations for all of the counties impacted by California Wildfires, which are now the most destructive in California history.