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. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2019
That’s a lie. I know, surprising right?
Courtesy of Buzzfeed:
Although President Donald Trump tweeted that he had ordered his administration to cut off disaster aid to wildfire victims in California, federal officials confirmed on Wednesday that they never received any such directive.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which helps survivors of national disasters recover, told BuzzFeed News for the first time that Trump never issued an order to stop sending money to California.
“We never got any such directive,” Brandi Richard, a FEMA spokesperson, told BuzzFeed News. “That’s evidenced by the fact that work is still being done and we continue to support wildfire survivors across the state.”
The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees FEMA, further confirmed the news in a Freedom of Information Act request filed Jan. 9 on Muckrock, the same day the president tweeted his order.
“We conducted a comprehensive search of files,” FEMA said in a letter. “Unfortunately, we were unable to locate or identify any responsive records.”
In January, Trump accused California of failing to properly manage its forests to prevent wildfires and announced, via Twitter, that he had ordered his administration to stop sending money to hundreds of thousands of survivors.
“Billions of dollars are sent to the state of California for forest fires that, with proper forest management, would never happen,” the president tweeted last month. “Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money. It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!”
I know that at this point it might seem that documenting Trump lies is just an exercise in futility since it never seems to matter in the big picture.
However, I still think it is very important to keep it up.
Also, keep in mind that this particular lie was just a hateful evil thing to say in order to express his dislike of California and the people who voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton.
So he tells an ugly lie that he knows will be exposed, and he simply does not care.
At some point, somebody needs to make these lies come back to hurt him in some way.