>> Two months after the deadliest wildfire in California's history, President Trump is threatening to withhold federal disaster aid. The president tweeted Wednesday, billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for forest fires that, with proper forest management, would never happen. Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money.
Reuters correspondent, Sharon Bernstein.>> FEMA has not yet clarified what he meant or what is going on. I can tell you that local politicians who represent that area were blindsided by this, they felt like it. Represented a pretty abrupt change in direction from a president who has been very supportive of them.
It's a little hard to figure out what the President meant, because he has talked repeatedly about California needing to manage its forest. But the folks in California point out that most of the forested land in California is actually controlled by the federal government, and they have cut their spending on these types of forest management.
The state has actually started spending more money on this, and just yesterday California along with Oregon and Washington sent a letter to the President. Asking him to spend more at the federal level, on the federal land.>> Halting federal funds for wildfire victims would spell more trouble for California.
That state may also have to deal with the possible bankruptcy of its largest utility company, PG&E, as it faces billions of dollars of liabilities related to the fatal wildfires.>> Is an administration in Washington that is clearly hostile to California values.>> California's new Governor, Gavin Newsom, a critic of Donald Trump's policies, blasted the President's threat, tweeting, disasters and recovery are no time for politics.