Donald Trump Joins Democrats in California in Response to Wildfires

Trump California Wildfires President Donald Trump talks with California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom during a visit to a neighborhood destroyed by the wildfires, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Paradise, Calif. At right is California Gov. Jerry Brown.
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President Donald Trump teamed up with Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom to address the wildfires in California on Saturday.

The president walked through the burned out remains of Paradise, California after 90 percent of the city was lost in the fires.

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Trump said about the fires. “And what we saw there wasn’t as bad as some of the areas where we’re not allowed to go, where we just can’t go for safety reasons. Some of the areas are worse than that.”

The president and both Democrats spoke to the press aboard Air Force One. Trump marveled at the speed of the flames which caught a lot of residents by surprise.

“Five minutes and that’s the difference between life and death,” he said.

When reporters asked about climate change being a cause of the fires, Trump said that they did not discuss it.

“We have different views but maybe not as different as people think,” he said. “Things are happening. Things are changing. And I think most importantly we’re doing things about – to make it better.”

Governor Jerry Brown said that it was important to focus on the immediate needs of the state after fires.

“We’ll let science determine this over a longer period of time,” he said. “Right now we’re collaborating on the most immediate response and that’s very important.”

Trump agreed.

“What took place over the last nine days is devastating for our country, and for a great state,” he said.

Governor-elect Newsom said that it was important to offer long-term relief for the victims of the fires.

“Once the cameras are gone, the press is gone, the rest of us are gone, we need to make sure we’re there for the folks that have been impacted by these fires the next year or two, five, ten, as we rebuild the communities,” he said.

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