Firefighters union rips into Trump over threat to withhold FEMA funding from California

The head of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) on Wednesday blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE over his threat to stop sending federal funding to California to fight forest fires.

“This is yet another unimaginable attack on the dedicated professionals who put everything on the line, including their own homes, to protect their neighborhoods,” General President Harold Schaitberger, who leads the union that represents full-time firefighters and emergency medical services personnel in the U.S. and Canada, said in a statement.

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“While our president is tweeting on the sidelines in DC, our fellow Americans 3,000 miles to the west are mourning loved ones, entire communities have been wiped off the map and thousands of people are still trying to figure out where they are going to call home,” he said.

His comments came hours after Trump argued on Twitter that California’s damaging forest fires would “never happen” if its forests were managed properly. He also said that he’s ordered “FEMA to send no more money” to the state.

"Unless [California gets its] act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money," he said. "It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!"

Trump threatened multiple times in 2018 to withhold disaster funding from California for its wildfires. He’s argued that the state needs to fix flaws in its forest management practices to mitigate wildfires.

Wildfires devastated California in 2018, with the Camp Fire in the northern part of the state killing at least 85 people and destroying thousands of homes. It was the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history.

Multiple California lawmakers condemned Trump's comments on Wednesday. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiElise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 Our legislators must commit to making children a priority Dreamer: Dems 'should absolutely not' take Trump's immigration deal MORE (D-Calif.) said Trump's threat "insults" the memory of "scores of Americans who perished in wildfires last year & thousands more who lost their homes."

She also called on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyElise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 Steve King fundraising off controversy surrounding white supremacy comments House rejects GOP measure to pay workers but not open government MORE (R-Calif.) to denounce Trump's comments. 

In addition to Schaitberger, the leaders of CAL FIRE Local 2881 and the California Professional Firefighters condemned Trump's comments, according to IAFF. 

Brian Rice, president of California Professional Firefighters, called Trump's tweet "disgraceful," according to Sacramento's KCRA.