Trump Sinks Weather-Disaster Aid to “Bad” Governor

November 20, 2020

Can we get this guy out of here already?

ClimateWire:

President Trump has denied federal disaster aid to Pennsylvania for Tropical Storm Isaias. The denial was issued three weeks after Trump vowed retribution against the state’s Democratic governor for imposing restrictions to contain the pandemic.

Trump on Wednesday turned down Gov. Tom Wolf’s request for millions of dollars in disaster aid to help nine counties in eastern Pennsylvania recover from Isaias, which swept up the East Coast in August. Wolf submitted his request on Oct. 5.

The damage in Pennsylvania was too minimal to qualify for disaster aid, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a statement to E&E News yesterday.

Trump had criticized Wolf at a campaign rally in Allentown, Pa., on Oct. 26, and vowed payback for restrictions that included Wolf’s order closing nonessential businesses and limiting the size of gatherings such as campaign events.

“I’ll remember it, Tom. I’m going to remember it, Tom,” Trump told a cheering outdoors crowd.

Pretending to hold a phone to his ear, Trump impersonated Wolf: “‘Hello, Mr. President, this is Gov. Wolf. I need help. I need help.’ You know what? These people are bad.”

Trump’s remarks drew criticism at the time from Pennsylvania’s Democratic senator, Bob Casey, who told Spotlight PA that it was “outrageous for President Trump to threaten to withhold funding from Pennsylvanians during a global pandemic.”

Wolf said in his aid request that Isaias had caused $27.6 million in damage to public facilities. That amount, if confirmed by FEMA and the White House, would exceed the minimum threshold of damage that Pennsylvania would have to show to be eligible for disaster aid.

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