DC ‘very upset’ over Trump tweets on DIC panel

The Hill’s Morning Report — Washington, DC — The DC Council of Governments on Wednesday released a statement condemning President Donald Trump’s tweets on Thursday morning about the panel that oversees the DC Emergency Management Agency.

In a series of tweets, Trump said he was “very upset” that the DIC was not attending the annual meeting of the federal agency, which is supposed to discuss the impact of the Harvey and Irma storms on the District and surrounding communities.

“They’re not attending,” Trump said in the tweet.

“Why?”

“Because they are in the process of creating a fake emergency to protect their political ambitions,” DC Council member Kathy Smith said in a statement.

“The DIC is one of the many federal agencies that are working with us to prepare for Harvey and we are proud to have them as a part of the DC Response and Support team,” she added.DIC director Keith Lipski responded to Trump’s tweet in a tweet, saying, “The @DICgov is working to coordinate the deployment of local officials to areas impacted by the storm and the DICE is committed to working with all DC officials to provide the best available resources for disaster relief.”

The statement from DC Council President Kathy Smith and DC Councilmember Mike Busch was published on the DC Council website Wednesday morning, and came just days after a group of state and local officials met to discuss ways to coordinate disaster relief efforts.

Smith said she was “disappointed” by Trump’s comments, and added that DC’s state and city officials were working to prepare in the aftermath of the storm.

“We want to ensure that every DC resident, and any city, is well prepared,” she said.

“We are committed to ensuring that our state and county leaders are prepared as well.

This is not a partisan issue.

We need all of the resources available, whether they are federal, state or local.”