Gavin Newsom thought it was a good idea to poke at POTUS? Trump just showed him exactly who’s boss.

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Almost exactly 12 hours after newly inaugurated California Gov. Gavin Newsom posted a tweet criticizing President Donald Trump’s Oval Office address to the nation, the president seemingly fired back by threatening to cut off FEMA funding to the left-wing governor’s state.

“Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen,” the president tweeted at 10:25 am EST Wednesday morning.

“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 & money!”

The unexpected timing of the tweet has led some to surmise that the president posted it out of anger in response to the criticism Newsom leveled at him after his Oval Office address on the heels of a few digs at Trump’s policies in his swearing-in speech.

“Pres. Trump’s go-to is governing by fear and division,” Newsom tweeted at 10:36 pm EST late Tuesday evening. “We can secure our border AND achieve comprehensive immigration reform–without wasting taxpayer $ to build a pointless wall. Hundreds of thousands of fed workers are waiting on a paycheck.”

“End the games. Open our government.”

He posted the tweet about an hour after the president delivered his first-ever Oval Office address to the American people. Trump used the speech to highlight facts about illegal immigration that bolster his argument that the country needs a wall along the southern U.S. border.

Listen to part one of the speech below:

Listen to part two of the speech below:

As the president hinted at in his speech, the Democrat argument that a wall along the border would do nothing to alleviate illegal immigration is patently false and disproved by the facts.

“This barrier is absolutely critical to border security. It’s also what our professionals at the border want and need. This is just common sense,” he said.

Numerous current and former members of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency have indeed said that.

Last month the then-GOP-controlled House passed an omnibus spending bill on behalf of the president that included funding for his desired southern U.S. border wall. The shutdown was triggered shortly thereafter because of Senate Democrats’ refusal to support the bill.


The president’s core argument Tuesday was that Democrats should stop blocking the bill or at the very least make a sincere effort to negotiate a fair and equitable compromise.

“To those who refuse to compromise in the name of border security, I would ask, imagine if it was your child, your husband, or your wife whose life was so cruelly shattered and totally broken,” he said. “To every member of Congress: pass a bill that ends this crisis. To every citizen, call Congress, and tell them to finally, after all of these decades, secure our border.”

But congressional Democrat leaders have thus far shown no inclination toward compromising. And judging by Newsom’s tweet Tuesday evening, he agrees with their factually inaccurate argument that the construction of a border wall would amount to a waste of money.

However, almost everybody who replied to his tweet appeared to disagree:

Some of the tweets referenced a newly unveiled plan by the governor that calls for forcing every Californian to obtain health insurance, charging each Californian exorbitant premiums for that insurance and then using the money accrued to provide young illegal immigrants with free health care.

The president right about California’s history of forest mismanagement. The mismanagement began specifically because of the environmental regulations that have been imposed on the U.S. Forest Service by the state’s left-wing legislators.

“[T]he U.S. Forest Service, which is tasked with managing public wildland, once had success in minimizing widespread fires in the early 20th century,” The Daily Signal reported last year. “But many of these successful methods were abandoned in large part because of efforts by environmental activists.”

Environmental activists who convinced California’s left-wing legislators to impose draconian laws that “have made the management of our forests all but impossible,” California Rep. Tom McClintock noted during a hearing on wildfire prevention two years ago.

McClintock echoed this sentiment during a discussion on Fox Business just three months ago:

None of the replies to Trump’s tweet — including those from Newsom and even Pelosi – rebutted his point.




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