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  • President Donald Trump again blamed California’s
    wildfires, which have left at least 74 people dead and over
    1,000 missing, on forest mismanagement hours before was due to
    visit the areas ravaged by fires in the past week.
  • Trump told reporters before departing the White House
    Saturday that during his visit to affected areas he and local
    authorities would be “talking about forest
    management.”
  • Brian Rice, president of the California Professional
    Firefighters, said Trump’s tweet last week that blamed
    California authorities for mismanagement was
    “ill-informed, ill-timed, and demeaning.”

President Donald Trump again blamed California’s
wildfires,
that have left at least 74 people dead and over
1,000 missing, on forest mismanagement hours before he was due to
visit the affected areas.

Trump told reporters before he departed from the White House
Saturday that during his visit to the areas that were ravaged by
fires in the past week that he and local authorities would be
“talking about forest management,” seeming to suggest potential
policy changes after discussions with California officials. 

“I’ve been saying that for a long time, it should have been a lot
different situation,” Trump said. “But the one thing that
everybody now knows that this is what we have to be doing, and
there’s no question about it. It should have been done many years
ago. But I think everybody’s on the right side. It’s a big
issue.”

Trump’s mention of management echoed his comments in a Fox News
interview that is slated to air Sunday, in which he shrugged off climate change as
a possible contributing factor in the blazes, saying “maybe
it contributes a little bit. The big problem we have is
management.”

“You need management,” Trump said. “I’m not saying that in a
negative way, a positive I’m just saying the facts.”

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wildfires on ‘gross mismanagement of the forests,’ but the
federal government oversees 40% of them

Trump said Saturday morning he wanted “to be with the
firefighters and the FEMA first responders” during his trip, and
added he would be meeting Saturday with Gov. Jerry Brown,
Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom, and emergency workers.

Trump’s comments echoed criticism from one of his tweets last week that
California’s “gross mismanagement” of its forests lead to the
“massive, deadly and costly forest fires.”

Brian Rice, president of the California Professional
Firefighters, said Trump’s statement attacking California
management and threatening to pull funding was
“ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning,” adding that nearly
60% of California’s forests are under federal
management. 

“The president’s message attacking California and
threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic
fires is ill-informed, ill-timed, and demeaning to those who are
suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines,” Rice
wrote in a
statement

 

Trump is scheduled to visit the northern California town of
Paradise Saturday, a home to 27,000, which was entirely destroyed by the Camp
Fire. 

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