Trump visiting California after wildfires claim further lives

Lester Mason
November 18, 2018

Although Trump has been at odds with Brown and Newsom's forest management practices, or lack thereof, the Democratic leaders said it was time for all three of them to come together on behalf of Californians impacted by the fires.

Paradise was home to almost 27,000 residents before it was largely incinerated by the blaze on the night of November 8.

The wildfire has killed at least 76 people in the area while 9,700 houses and 144 apartment buildings have been destroyed.

In an interview taped Friday and scheduled for broadcast on Fox News Sunday, Trump said he was surprised to see images of firefighters removing dried brush near a fire, adding, "This should have been all raked out".

This patch of California, a former Gold Rush region in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is to some extent Trump country, with Trump beating Hillary Clinton in Butte County by 4 percentage points in 2016.

"This is very sad", Trump said after surveying the remains of Paradise, where almost the only people out on the road were emergency services workers, surrounded by the twisted remains of the incinerated town.

To see what's happened here, nobody ever thought this could have happened. We do have to do management, maintenance.

Those comments echoed his initial reaction to the fires November 10 when he blamed the wildfires on poor forest management and threatened then to withhold federal payments. The president has signed a major disaster and emergency declaration, which provides federal aid.

Another woman, living in a shelter, told Associated Press: "If you insult people, then you go visit them, how do you think you're going to be accepted?"

Asked if the fire had changed his mind on climate change, Trump said: "No, no".

"It's going to work out well, but right now we want to take of the people that are so badly hurt", Trump said visiting what remained of the Skyway Villa Mobile Home and RV Park.

Trump visited Paradise on Sunday, to check out the damage for himself.


At least 71 people died across Northern California, and authorities are trying to locate more than 1,000 people, though not all are believed missing.

In Northern California, Trump continued to show skepticism about the impact of climate change on wildfires.

More than 5,500 fire personnel are still battling the blaze that covered 228 square miles (590 sq km) and was 50% contained, officials said.

The weather service also warned of strengthening winds up to 80kph and low humidity, and the additional threat of rain in parts of California, as autumn temperatures cooled ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday next week.

"It's a disheartening situation", she told reporters on Friday. And I think most importantly we're doing things about.

Mr Honea said the total roster of people unaccounted for had swelled to 1,011 - more than triple the number counted as missing on Thursday afternoon.

"We are still receiving calls".

"The information I am providing you is raw data and we find there is the likely possibility that the list contains duplicate names", he said. "This is a massive undertaking. We are working around the clock to try and help them".

Roslyn Roberts, 73, who was forced from her home in Paradise, said she voted for Trump but would disagree with him if she has the chance on Saturday. He said four sets of remains were found Saturday in burned-out homes in Paradise. Price had been presumed missing but was tracked down at a shelter.

He also said he wanted "great climate".

For too many others, the wait to learn a loved one's fate has ended with bad news. She needed a walker for her elderly mother and tags for her vehicle. The home had burned down to its concrete foundation.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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