According to the AP, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate sent Gov. Larry Hogan a letter saying that disaster aid cannot be provided to cities following riots. The state wanted about $19 million to reimburse costs connected with calling in the National Guard, keeping police on-duty during the citywide curfew, and other responses to the unrest. The city has said more than 400 businesses were damaged.
Hogan was asked about the denial at his press conference to announce the closure of a Baltimore City jail on Thursday afternoon. He said he was “disgusted and outraged” by the decision by the Obama administration.” In the immediate wake of the rioting, Obama promised to provide aid to Baltimore. Democrats like Rep. Donna Edwards and Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake supported Hogan in the repeal.
“What could possibly be an emergency if that riot in Baltimore wasn’t an emergency?” Hogan asked.
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