President Donald Trump traveled to California on Saturday (November 17) to meet with firefighters and first responders who have been battling the worst wildfires in the state's history. Before leaving the White House, the president told the press that he is looking forward to seeing the "firefighters and the FEMA and first responders," who are battling the Wooley Fire in Southern California and the Camp Fire in the northern part of the state.
The president said he expects to be in California for a while and has many issues to discuss with Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom.
“We will be talking about forest management. I’ve been saying that for a long time. It should have been a lot different situation, but the one thing is that everybody now knows that this is what we have to be doing, and there’s no question about it," Trump said. "It should have been done many years ago. But I think everybody’s on the right side. It’s a big issue, it’s a big issue, a very expensive issue, but very, very inexpensive when you compare it to even one of these horrible fires. And we’ll save a lot of lives."
Earlier in the week, Trump blasted California officials in a tweet for their "gross mismanagement of the forests" and threatened to pull federal funds unless they fixed the problems.
74 people have died as a result of the Camp Fire and over 1,000 people have been reported missing. In Southern California, the death toll stands at three people from the Wooley fire, which has also destroyed hundreds of homes.