By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter, originally published by E&E News
President Trump yesterday made inaccurate wildfire and water claims while meeting with local officials from California, and threatened to withhold federal firefighting money from the Golden State.
Moments after Trump accepted a certificate thanking him for the response to this summer's Carr Fire, the sixth most destructive in state history, he incorrectly asserted that California could avoid forest fires altogether if more trees were cut down.
"We're tired of giving California hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars all the time for their forest fires, when you wouldn't have them if they manage their forests properly," he said. "So California, get on the ball, because we're not going to hand you any more money; it's ridiculous."