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Trump Threatens to Treat California Like He's Treating Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador -- Cut Aid

President Donald Trump is proving that he’s not afraid to take a tough stance by threatening to take away federal aid to California in the same way he’s recently threatened to take aid from countries like Honduras and El Salvador.

Last week, Trump threatened to take aid from Central American countries who refused to do anything about the caravan of migrants that was surging toward Mexico and inevitably the United States.

“We have today informed the countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that if they allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States, with the intention of entering our country illegally, all payments made to them will STOP,” Trump tweeted.

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Unfortunately, the caravan was not stopped, but Trump proved he was a man of his word by standing by his tough statement.

“Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the U.S.,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid routinely given to them.”

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Now Trump is giving California the same treatment — but not because of immigration.

Speaking at Tuesday’s White House State Leadership Conference, Trump brought up California’s mismanagement of its forests, which has led to forest fires.

“We’re tired of giving California hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars all the time for their forest fires, when you wouldn’t have them if they managed their forests properly,” Trump said.

Trump went on to talk about how environmentalists are stopping proper management.

“And the environmentalists are, you know, doing something very bad. They won’t let us take the logs. They won’t let us take the dead trees. It’s all a mess,” Trump said.

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This is a problem the Trump administration has talked about in the past.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke criticized “environmentalist terrorist groups” in August.

“We have been held hostage by these environmental terrorist groups that have not allowed public access — that have refused to allow (the) harvest of timber,” Zinke told Breitbart.

Trump said that California may lose federal aid if it doesn’t manage its forests properly.

“So, California, get on the ball. Because we’re not going to hand you any more money. It’s ridiculous, OK?” Trump said.

It’s great that we have a president who will take a tough stance when necessary.

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Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a background in history, education and philosophy. He has led multiple conservative groups and is dedicated to the principles of free speech, privacy and peace.
Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a passion for free speech, privacy and peace. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in History. While at Wooster, he served as the Treasurer for the Wooster Conservatives and the Vice President for the Young Americans for Liberty.
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