By Trrapper Byrne
San Francisco Chronicle
President Trump will visit California on Saturday to meet with people who have suffered losses in the states wildfires, the White House said Thursday.
“The president will travel to California this Saturday to meet with individuals impacted by the wildfires,” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement. “We will keep you updated on details as they are available.”
Trump was silent for two days as the deadly Camp Fire destroyed the town of Paradise in Butte County and the destructive Woolsey Fire erupted in Southern California. Then on Saturday, he outraged California officials and the states largest firefighters association with a tweet that expressed no condolences for the state or fire victims and blamed “poor” forest management for such disasters.
rump has since issued several tweets praising first responders and sympathizing with people who have lost their homes. On Monday he approved a disaster declaration clearing the way for federal aid to flow to victims and governments in Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
Trump has visited the state only once as president, in March to view prototypes of his border wall. He has visited disaster scenes in several other states, including to view hurricane damage in Texas, Florida, the Carolinas and Puerto Rico, and some lawmakers wondered why he hadnt come to California to view either the damage from recent fires or the devastation from earlier blazes near Redding and in the North Bay.
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, asked in a tweet Tuesday, “@POTUS, youve been to Florida and youve been to Texas. Will you come to California to console the fire victims who are devastated by the worst fires in our states history?”