Following an accusatory tweet from Donald Trump blaming “gross mismanagement” by California officials for the wildfires destroying large areas of the state, one firefighters union executive is voicing his adamant disagreement with the president’s take.
There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 10, 2018
“The president’s message attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic fires is Ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines,” said Brian Rice, president of California Professional Firefighters.
Instead of focusing on sending aid to those impacted by the blaze, Rice lamented that “the president has chosen instead to issue an uninformed political threat aimed squarely at the innocent victims of these cataclysmic fires.”
Even as firefighters are “putting their lives on the line” to protect others, he described Trump’s comments as a “shameful attack on California” and “an attack on all our courageous men and women on the front lines.”