Trump administration rejects California request for federal wildfire disaster relief funds

The Trump administration denied California’s request for federal disaster relief aid for deadly wildfires last month.

The state government asked for an unspecified amount of funds to rebuild damaged infrastructure that estimates suggest will cost over $229 million, according to the New York Times.

“California’s economy is suffering in a way we have not seen since the 2009 Great Recession,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said in a letter requesting the funds from the president.

Judd Deere, a spokesman for the president, said the Trump administration already authorized increased funding for debris removal for the August fires and
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