As California works to recover from the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season in its recorded history, President Donald Trump declared in a tweet on Wednesday that he has "ordered" the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to cut off federal funding unless the state's officials "get their act together".
"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 and money!"
Trump also blamed poor forest management even while the fire was raging, and cited the superior management practiced in Finland, though the country's president denied a conversation with Trump happened as the president described it.
FEMA is running on a thin staff because of the partial government shutdown.
"We have been put in office by the voters to get things done, not to play games with lives", Newsom tweeted.
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California was devastated by a series of rapidly moving fires late previous year.
Few California Republicans responded to Trump; House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, one of the president's closest congressional allies, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"Disasters and recovery are no time for politics", Newsom added in a subsequent tweet.
Daryl Osby, the Los Angeles County Fire Chief, said in November: "We're in extreme climate change now".
Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported last month.
Trump's statements on California are not the first time he's criticized the state for how it has dealt with wildfires.
Brandy Powell looks through the remains of her home in Paradise, California, that was destroyed by the Camp Fire in 2018.
Pelosi slammed Trump's latest threat, tweeting that it "insults the memory of scores of Americans who perished in wildfires previous year".