California wildfires: Katy Perry slams Donald Trump for threatening to withhold funds amidst tragedy

California is being razed by three huge wildfires at the same time and thousands of residents have been evacuated


                            California wildfires: Katy Perry slams Donald Trump for threatening to withhold funds amidst tragedy

Singer Katy Perry has spoken out against President Donald Trump after he threatened to withhold the federal payments from the state's "poor" forest management skills for the ongoing California wildfires. The furious singer said in a tweet on November 10: "This is an absolutely heartless response. There aren’t even politics involved. Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters." 

Trump tweeted at 2 am threatening to withhold funds to the state of California over what he said was a "gross mismanagement" of its forests. The tweet comes at a time when the state is being razed by three huge wildfires at the same time.



 

He wrote in his tweet: "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"

Trump issued an emergency declaration on November 9 providing funds to help out the thousands of firefighters who are barely able to contain the raging flames that have already burned more than 200 square miles of the state to ashes. The fires are so large that they can be seen from space.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference a day after the midterm elections on November 7, 2018 (Source: Al Drago - Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference a day after the midterm elections on November 7, 2018 (Source: Al Drago - Pool/Getty Images)

The fires have burned down most of the town of Paradise in Northern California and have claimed nine lives so far. The Camp Fire raging in Butte County, which is north of Sacramento, was only 5% contained as of early morning on November 10. 

The Hill and Woolsey fires that are raging in Southern California have already incinerated more than 40,000 acres of land. More than 250,000 residents close to Ventura and Los Angeles counties were forced to evacuate the area because of the blaze.

Honoree Katy Perry attends the amfAR Gala Los Angeles 2018 at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 18, 2018 (Source: Rich Fury/Getty Images for amfAR)
Honoree Katy Perry attends the amfAR Gala Los Angeles 2018 at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 18, 2018 (Source: Rich Fury/Getty Images for amfAR)

As of November 10 morning, the fires remained at 0% contained and were surging towards the town of Thousand Oaks from both sides. The community living in the town are still coming to terms with the mass shooting that took place in a bar on November 7 night which left a dozen dead.