Donald Trump doesn't think there's a drought in California

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Donald Trump Doesn't Think There's a Natural Drought in California

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says he doesn't really think California's water crisis is caused by drought.

"We're going to solve your water problem. You have a water problem that is so insane. It is so ridiculous where they are taking the water and shoving it out to sea," he said.

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Trump made those comments in Fresno, California, on Friday. He was joined onstage by supporters holding signs that said "Farmers for Trump."

California is currently in its fifth year of severe drought, according to the U.S. Geological Survey

According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, more than 46% of the state was experiencing exceptional drought - the most severe level - this time last year. While that's been cut down to a little over 20% today, more than 98% of the state is still experiencing some level of drought.

Learn more about the California drought:

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SONOMA, CA - JULY 22: (L-R) Keith Pringle with Friedman's Home Improvemnt, Danielle Baker and Brian Lee with the Sonoma County Water Agency fill buckets with water conservation tools and literature during a 'Drought Drive Up' event on July 22, 2015 in Sonoma, California. As Californians endure a fourth straight year of severe drought, the Sonoma County Water Agency held a 'Drought Drive Up' event where they handed out water conservation literature and water saving tools like low flow showerheads and aerators. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN ANSELMO, CA - JULY 14: A brown lawn is seen in front of a home on July 14, 2015 in San Anselmo, California. California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to protect residents from local governments that impose fines for residents who let their lawns turn brown in an effort to conserve water. California is in the midst of its fourth year of severe drought. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
KENTFIELD, CA - JULY 14: A sign is posted in the middle of brown lawn on July 14, 2015 in Kentfield, California. California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to protect residents from local governments that impose fines for residents who let their lawns turn brown in an effort to conserve water. California is in the midst of its fourth year of severe drought. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 14: A brown lawn is seen in front of a home on July 14, 2015 in San Francisco, California. California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to protect residents from local governments that impose fines for residents who let their lawns turn brown in an effort to conserve water. California is in the midst of its fourth year of severe drought. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-drought-poverty-agriculture-water-environment Dead plum trees that have been removed from the ground due to the lack of water for irrigation at the drought affected town of Monson, California on June 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
With AFP Story by Veronique DUPONT: US-drought-poverty-agriculture-water-environment A dead tomato bush is seen in the vegetable garden of local resident Maria Jimenez at the drought affected town of Monson, California on June 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Children play on the exposed sandy bottom of Mirror Lake that is normally underwater and used by visitors to photograph reflections of the Half Dome rock monolith at Yosemite National Park in California on June 4, 2015. At first glance the spectacular beauty of the park with its soaring cliffs and picture-postcard valley floor remains unblemished, still enchanting the millions of tourists who flock the landmark every year. But on closer inspection, the drought's effects are clearly visible. AFP PHOTO/MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Fresno County in particular has a huge agriculture industry. In 2014, its gross production value of crops totaled more than $7 billion.

In April, the county farm bureau released a statement claiming the federal government was mismanaging the water supply in the area, calling it "despicable."

Trump said local farmers told him there is plenty of water but they're sending it out to sea to protect a "3-inch fish." That fish is the delta smelt, which is facing extinction.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the government has flushed more than 1 trillion gallons of water since 2008 to keep the fish out of water pumps.

Trump told the crowd if he wins, his team will "start opening up the water" so the local job market can improve.

Related: See Trump at a recent high-profile event:

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Donald and Melania Trump at the Time 100 awards before his five state primary victory on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Donald Trump at the Time 100 awards before his five state primary victory on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Donald Trump (L) and Melania Trump attend the 2016 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Donald Trump and Melania Trump attends the 2016 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Melania Trump and Donald Trump attend the 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Time Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Donald Trump attends the 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Time Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Melania Trump attends the 2016 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Melania Trump, Donald Trump, Chief Content Officer of Time Inc. Norman Pearlstine and industrial engineer Jane Boon attend the 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Time Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Donald Trump and Chief Content Officer of Time Inc. Norman Pearlstine attend the 2016 Time 100 Gala, Time's Most Influential People In The World at Jazz At Lincoln Center at the Time Warner Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Time)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: (Editor's Note: Image has been converted to black & white) Donald Trump (L) and Melania Trump attend the 2016 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for photographers on the red carpet as he arrives for the TIME 100 Gala in Manhattan, New York, April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his wife Melania pose for photographers on the red carpet as they arrive for the TIME 100 Gala in Manhattan, New York, April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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