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Trump changes course, approves California relief for 6 fires

California wildfire relief
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California wildfire

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's administration has reversed course and approved a previously rejected California application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from six recent wildfires.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement Friday that he had just got off the phone with Trump who approved the major disaster declaration.

The White House earlier said the Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected the request because it was not supported by data needed for approval.

A Trump spokesman says California officials later presented "a convincing case" for the reversal.

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