U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is defending President Donald Trump's comments that California isn't doing a good enough job managing its forests.

McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, says he agrees with Trump that better forest management could mitigate California's deadly and destructive wildfires. He's commenting in response to a Trump tweet threatening to withhold California's federal disaster funding.

McCarthy didn't comment on the funding threat directly.

He says he'll propose more money for forest management as part of a spending bill offered by House Democrats this week. Democrats are passing bills to reopen parts of the government during the shutdown, but Republicans don't plan to vote for the bills.

Fire scientists say its climate change, not forest management, that's the chief cause of more destructive wildfires.

Democratic U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also of California, had challenged McCarthy to condemn Trump's comments.

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Floyd Roberts

My Kevin, lyin Donnys lap dog.


Liberals much??? Or just the same person posting under different names.


After the Liberals were elected all over the country, it was clear things were going wrong in the White House. Get over it.


first DACA...in the oval office..."McCarthy wants to be speaker, and a DACA deal could jeopardize his chances"..... and now FEMA....how does the Californian justify their endorsement of him?....


Kevin is living in the new, improved swamp.


I'm ashamed of the voters who elected McCarthy and the newspaper that endorsed him.

Patrick Pine

And here I thought Rep. McCarthy represented Californians. Cutting federal money will only hurt the victims of the fires. No similar threats to hurricane and flood victims in Texas where people were allowed to build in flood plains - repeatedly.


Man I really hope President Trump doesn’t turn corners too fast. It will break Kevin’s neck.....

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