Trump last addressed Wildfire during an Aug. 23 news conference, announcing a disaster declaration of approval for California, saying the federal government had deployed more than 26,000 first responders and personnel to the area.
“Our hearts go out to the thousands of families who have lost their homes,” he said. “As we grieve for the families of two first responders and five residents who have lost their lives in a very terrible fire – the largest we have ever seen.”
During the mid-August rally, in the form of flames north of the Bay Area, his familiar reaction was to blame the state’s forest management for not heeding his advice on cleaning the floor of the forest.
The White House said 24 fire management grants have been approved for Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming since mid-August. Trump also approved an emergency declaration for Oregon on Thursday.
“The president continues to support those who are battling wildfires in a locally executed, state-managed and union-backed emergency response,” White House deputy press secretary Jude Deere said in a statement on Saturday.
The White House, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, remained in “constant contact” with state and local officials during the response to the fire, the statement said.
Gavin Newsom of the California government said on Friday that he spoke to Trump over the phone for 30 minutes on Thursday, during which he gave a status report to the president.
“He reinforced his commitment to our effort and we were grateful,” he said at a Democrat news, news, news, a news briefing.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden sent his thoughts to those affected by the wildfires on Saturday and used the opportunity to criticize Trump’s outlook on the climate crisis.
“The science is clear, and deadly signs such as these are unquestionable – climate change has become an imminent, existential threat to our way of life,” Biden said in a statement. “President Trump may try to deny that reality, but the facts are indisputable. We must avoid it altogether now to avoid an uncontrolled future tragedy, such as an American family today in the entire West Is being done. ”
The story has been updated to include the President’s announced visit to California and the comments of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
CNN’s Kevin Liptak, Noa Broder, Christina Maxoris, Cheri Mosberg and Sarah Mucha contributed to this report.