Trump, California spar over money for wildfire relief funds

President Trump has threatened to withhold money to help California cope with wildfires a day after new Gov. Democrat Gavin Newsom asked him to double the federal investment in forest management.

Trump once again suggested poor forest management is to blame for California's deadly wildfires and said he's ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to stop giving the state money "unless they get their act together."

FEMA couldn’t immediately comment because of the government shutdown. Trump has previously threatened to withhold wildfire payments but never followed through.

Newsom said Californians affected by wildfires "shouldn’t be victims to partisan bickering."

Dawn Kamber