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After Threat To Halt Wildfire Aid To California, Trump Says He’ll Give Alabama ‘The A Plus’ FEMA Treatment


After Threat To Halt Wildfire Aid To California, Trump Says He’ll Give Alabama ‘The A Plus’ FEMA Treatment

President Trump on Monday said he has directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to give Alabama “the A Plus treatment” after an outbreak of violent tornadoes killed nearly two dozen people in one county on Sunday.

“FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes,” Trump tweeted.

Trump said that Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has been informed and is “working closely with FEMA (and me!).”

At least 23 people were killed on Sunday in Lee County, Ala., when two large tornadoes leveled entire neighborhoods.

More tornadoes were reported across Alabama, Florida and Georgia Sunday afternoon amid a severe weather outbreak across the southeastern United States.

The Trump administration has been widely criticized for their slow response in Puerto Rico, where 2,975 were killed by Hurricane Maria.

Trump warned Puerto Ricans weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged the U.S. territory that FEMA and other federal first responders can’t remain there “forever,” as the vast majority of residents remained without food, clean water, or electricity service at the time.

“We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!” Trump wrote in a series of tweets.

At the time, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., posted a question to the president: “Why do you continue to treat Puerto Ricans differently than other Americans when it comes to natural disasters?” Schumer tweeted.

“FEMA needs to stay until the job is done and right now, it’s not even close to done. There is still devastation, Americans are still dying. FEMA needs to stay until the job is done,” he added.

Earlier this year, Trump blamed California’s forest management for last year’s deadly fires and threatened to halt the FEMA’s assistance to victims unless that state changes its practices.

“Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest fires that, with proper Forrest Management, would never happen,” Trump tweeted at the time. “Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money.”

Trump has threatened to pull federal funding before such as in November when he said “gross mismanagement” by California for a series of deadly wildfires, including one that destroyed the town of Paradise. California officials and firefighters have said Trump’s focus on forest management diverted attention from the role of climate change in fueling the increasingly destructive fires.

Alabama is a deep-red state that strongly backed Trump in the 2016 presidential election.


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