Breaking: The Trump administration has rejected California’s request for disaster relief funds aimed at cleaning up the damage from six recent fires across the state.…
California's Gov. Gavin Newsom requested a major disaster declaration which would allow for cost-sharing for damage, cleanup and rebuilding between the state and federal government.

It would also activate federal programs led by FEMA.…
President Trump has threatened to withhold federal dollars in aid before, including in 2019 unless state officials “get their act together, which is unlikely.”…
Newsom formally requested disaster relief funds in a letter to the White House and FEMA in Sept., asking for a disaster declaration and citing the fact that five of the six largest fires in California’s recorded history have taken place this year.…

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