Trump has no right to withhold emergency funds from California, Pelosi says

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January 10, 2019 18:40
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WASHINGTON - US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday rebuked President Donald Trump for threatening to block disaster relief funds for California, a state recently ravaged by deadly, destructive wildfires whose mostly Democratic political leaders often spar with the Republican president.

"How shocking it is that this president would say he's going to withhold funding to meet the disaster needs of people in California," said Pelosi, a Democrat representing California, referring to Trump's tweet on Wednesday that he would stop the emergency funds until the state changes its forest and fire management.

"Unless you have a different definition of what a disaster is and the needs for assistance, you have no right to withhold those funds," Pelosi said.

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