President Donald Trump met with California Governor Jerry Brown, Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom and the first respondents in fire-burned areas in Northern California.
PARADISE, CA – President Donald Trump visited this burnt-out community of pensioners, which has hit the deadliest American fire for centuries, against the backdrop of a smoking, misty Council.
Trump, dressed in a windbreaker and a black cap with the inscription "USA", watched the scene of burnt cars and the remains of houses burnt in the Ognisko, where at least 71 people were killed.
At some point, the Presidential cavalcade entered the mobile home and RV park, stopping in front of the American flag hanging from the remains of the burned structure.
"At the moment we want to deal with people who have been so wounded," said the president. "It's very sad to see. When it comes to life, no one knows yet."
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During the interrogation of journalists, Trump returned to his weekly topic that forest management is responsible for fires. Earlier, he threatened to detain federal money because of what he considered a bad management of state officials.
"Other countries do it differently, it's a different story," he said, citing alleged comments from the President of Finland on how the country is dealing with forests. He said that officials are involved in "raking and cleaning things, and they have no problem."
The updated bar chart is compared to the top 10 deadly fires in California as a result of fatalities. (Photo: USA TODAY)
While playing in the rubble and destruction, Trump, accompanied by Governor Jerry Brown and Gov.-elekt Gavin Newsom, both Democrats, said that the national and federal partners would "clean up" and "take care of the forest floor." "
"I think hopefully it will be the last of them." It was really, very bad, "said Trump.
Asked at some point if the huge fire changed his mind about climate change, the president said: "No, no."
The paradise, which had 27,000 inhabitants, was destroyed in the Ognowy Ognisko, which seriously damaged the distant municipalities of Magalia and Concow. Over 9,800 homes burned, and 52,000 people were blown up.
Authorities say they are still trying locate 1,011 people not logged in. Officials emphasize that not all listed persons are considered lost and may simply not check in chaos.
Brown told reporters that state and local teams, supported by federal financial aid, focus on cleaning up and looking for more potential victims.
"What you have to do is do it," he said, adding: "It's just a big, mass cleaner after a terrible tragedy."
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Later, Brown, who had tried several times with the President, added to the Air Force One that climate change was responsible for fires.
"Yes, yes, we will allow scientists to fix this for a longer period of time," said the governor in response to a question about climate change. "We are currently working on an immediate response, which is very important."
Followers and demonstrators chose the meeting with Gow Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom.
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"We have different views, but maybe not as different as people think, things change, and most importantly, I think the most important thing is what we do – it would be better, much better."
Air Force One was cut through the smoky sky to touch the Saturday afternoon at the Beale Air Force Base, about 36 miles south of the devastating Bonfire.
The fire contains only 55 percent and has already destroyed more than 230 square miles. Fire brigade officers do not expect the fire to be under control until November 30.
Brown and Newsom joined him aboard the Marine One helicopter to reach the toughest place at 2.5 hours. They said earlier that they welcomed this visit, saying that the time had come to "gather together for the people of California."
Then the group flew north to Chico, the command center of firefighters, about 10 miles west of the devastated town of Paradise.
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Hearing how the president promised to help those who lost everything, he gave Casey and Ryan Belcher hope when they camped at Chico Walmart the next day when their parish house was in flames.
"I hope he will help us, I hope he sees what we're all going through," said Casey Belcher, 33. "I hope he sees what we're going through and feeling our emotional pain."
"I hope he sees what we're all going through and feeling our emotional pain."
Casey Belcher, Paradise, California
Belchery and their three children aged 4 to 10 years are in tents and trucks since the outbreak of the fire on November 8. They applied for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but in the meantime they are praying for a flat because they are worried about what all the smoke does to their children.
"I hope he sees something," said 30-year-old Ryan Belcher, that Trump can meet with the evacuees. "The fact that we are not the one to blame – why should we be the ones who got stuck because of it?"
After the departure of the presidential motorization hundreds of people went out to the streets to see how they pass, more or less half the mask is worn and the majority captures the event on their phones.
Some of them had American flags. A few had Trump's signs; Count Butte voted for Trump by 4 percentage points in the 2016 election.
One group of silent protesters kept two banners that mentioned "climate change" and "apocalypse." One of the residents had the sign "Welcome President Trump" while another had one that read: "Moron, we are in a drought state."
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During the visit, Trump Amy Velazquez brought her friend Tina Thomas to the FEMA help center at Chico Mall. Thomas was forced to evacuate because of a fire.
The line pulled out the door. Families with children and the elderly were waiting for help.
President Donald Trump said he went to the heart of a fiery fire in California to fully grasp the scale of damage done to the landscape (November 17)
They left without knowing when this help would come.
Velazquez said that she was terrified that the first reaction of the president was not sympathy. Her husband is a firefighter and she hoped that Trump's visit would be aimed at healing.
"Threatening without sending resources was the biggest blow," she said. "They think hope is alive? It was quite devastating."
Assistance must be efficient and involve families affected in the short and long term, she said.
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Trump also stopped in Southern California, where the killer killed several people on November 7 at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks before he committed suicide.
Serious disasters and emergency declarations that the president has signed will cover up to 75 per cent of the state's debris removal costs, providing interim housing and more, according to the White House.
The emergency public health threat declared by the Department of Health and Human Services will allow Medicare and Medicaid recipients and their health care professionals to meet their immediate health needs, officials said.
Zoeylee Belcher, a 10-year-old living in a tent and a truck with her father in the field next to Walmart in Chico, said she misses her paradise house that they fled when the flames closed
"I do not know the rest of my friends if it worked," she said.
Contributing: Alayna Shulman and Mike Chapman, Redding (Calif.) Record Searchlight; Dianna M. Náñez, The Arizona Republic
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