After drawing the ire of firefighters in California for threatening to cut federal funding to the state amid the devastating wildfires, President Trump on Monday tweeted his support to the men and women battling the blazes in the Golden State.
The president’s tweet comes two days after he sent another message on social media to criticize California for its “gross mismanagement” of forests and threatened to cut off federal funding if the issue wasn’t resolved.
“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” Trump tweeted on Saturday.
All told, more 8,000 firefighters statewide were battling wildfires that scorched more 209,000 acres of land, with the flames feeding on dry brush and driven by winds that had a blowtorch effect.
The size of the fire has also increased to more than 143 square miles and was 20 percent contained Monday morning.