Visit California amid criticism for silence on fire

On Wednesday, a fire from a bear fire in Auroville, California, caused flames on vehicles on Highway 162. | Noah Burger / AP Photo

Oakland, California – President Donald Trump will travel to California on Monday for a talk with Gov. Gavin Newsom and emergency response officials over the Wildfire, a White House official confirmed on Saturday.

White House spokesman Jude Deere said in an email that Trump will meet with local and federal fire and emergency response personnel during a visit to McLean Park, the former air base just outside the city of Sacramento. The park is also used by the state’s fire agency to launch large fire planes.

“Since mid-August, President Trump and Governor Newsom have spoken by phone and the White House and FEMA have remained in constant contact with state and local officials during their response to these natural disasters,” Deere said, “The President’s Support continues. Those who are struggling with wildfires in a locally executed, state-managed and federally supported emergency response. ”

Deere noted that “the President has approved a President Major Disaster Declaration for California that began on 14 August for personal and public assistance.”

He highlighted Trump’s 2018 trip to the state following a series of fires that year, and signed an executive order aimed at reducing wildfire risk.

“The administration has also approved 10 fire management aid grants and 24 grants for other Western states, providing a 75% federal cost share for mitigation, management and fire control,” Deere wrote. “More than 26,000 federal personnel and 230 helicopters have been deployed in the area to fight these fires.”

He said the president and his administration continue to monitor and provide federal support for harming wild states throughout the West, including Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Amid criticism, Trump’s visit is said to have failed to mention Western wildfires for more than three weeks until Friday night, when he publicly referenced disasters.

“Thank you to the 28,000+ firefighters and other First Responders who have been battling wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington,” he wrote. “I have approved 37 Stafford Act declarations, including fire management grants, to support their brave work. We are with them in every way!”