President Trump threatens to withhold federal payments from California

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LOS ANGELES — President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal payments to California, claiming its forest management is “so poor.”

President Trump says Saturday via Twitter that “there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California.” President Trump says “billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

The comments were President Trump’s first about massive wildfires, including a blaze that incinerated most of the Northern California town of Paradise and killed at least nine people.

Wildfires also raged in Southern California, including the town of Thousand Oaks, where a gunman days earlier killed a dozen people at a local bar.

President Trump earlier issued an emergency declaration providing federal funds to help firefighters.

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