Washington D.C., Jan 9, 2019 / 17:23 pm
President Donald Trump has threatened to stop sending federal money to the state of California for wildfire recovery, a move that Catholic aid workers say could dramatically impact thousands of California families trying to rebuild their lives.
"Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen," Trump wrote in a tweet Wednesday.
"Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] to send no more money."
The fire season in California in 2018 was the state's worst on record, with thousands of structures destroyed and nearly 90 lives lost. An unusually dry autumn contributed to the severity of the fire season.