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Trump to Visit California After Criticism Over Silence on Wildfires

Mr. Trump has lengthy clashed with California. The state’s legal professional normal, Xavier Becerra, has filed a number of lawsuits towards the Trump administration, on points like immigration, well being care and surroundings coverage. For its half, the administration has by no means appeared to maintain again in confronting the state, and the president final yr publicly blamed Gov. Gavin Newsom of California for a succession of wildfires and energy outages that battered the state.

Democratic lawmakers from California instructed Mr. Trump was bored with serving to a blue state. “There’s a deep feeling that you get different treatment in this administration, in terms of speed and attention, based on how people have voted,” Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles mentioned in an interview on Saturday. He credited the Federal Emergency Management Agency with coordinating intently with native officers however described the administration’s total response as inconsistent.

“If someone calls my office for help, I don’t ask for their political affiliation or how their neighborhood voted,” Mr. Garcetti mentioned. “It would be refreshing to have a president who thought the same way when people are losing their homes and everything they ever had. He doesn’t blame the Gulf Coast for hurricanes, but he blames California for not raking?”

White House officers mentioned on Saturday that the president was actively engaged in addressing the disaster and had provided help to California and Oregon.

Answering questions from reporters on Friday, Mr. Newsom mentioned that in a 30-minute telephone name a day earlier devoted to the wildfires, the president had “reinforced his commitment to our effort.”

A White House spokesman, Judd Deere, mentioned the president was intently monitoring the affected areas like California and had pledged federal aid, as well as to approving a catastrophe declaration. The administration has additionally deployed greater than 26,000 federal personnel and 230 helicopters to the area, Mr. Deere mentioned. A spokeswoman for the Office of Management and Budget didn’t reply to a request for a complete determine of how a lot federal funding the administration has supplied these states.

Just earlier than the White House introduced Mr. Trump’s plans to go to to California, Mr. Deere additionally defended the president’s resolution to avoid the affected areas, noting {that a} journey to survey the injury would divert assets from preventing the wildfires.


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