Western wildfires: Trump to visit California after weeks of largely silent over historic fire

Public acceptance of Trump’s crisis comes after more than two dozen people died and were largely silent over a fire that burned millions of acres.
The White House said on Saturday that Trump would visit McClean Park, California on Monday for a briefing with local and federal fire and emergency officials. The president was already scheduled to travel to Reno, Nevada on Saturday, where he is likely to see the first evidence of a devastating fire, as the National Weather Service in Reno issued a thick smoke advisory through Sunday.
But on friday he deployment of On Twitter: “Thank you to the 28,000+ firefighters and other first responders battling wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington.”
The president also said that he approved the money “to support his brave work” and said, “We are with him in every way!”

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.

California has a historic figure of more than 3.1 million acres burned, with experts and state leaders contributing to climate change.
Trump has been skeptical about the climate crisis, even burying a study in 2018 after his own administration warned of the potentially devastating effects of climate change.

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. ”

As of Saturday morning, at least 26 people have died in wildfires and dozens of others are missing, officials say. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate and hundreds have lost their homes in massive hell. The victims include a 1-year-old boy from Washington State and a young teenager in Oregon who in his last moments molested his dog inside a car as it was engulfed in flames.

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.