Source: Rex Features
President Trump visited Northern California over the weekend to see for himself the extent of the destruction from the massive wildfire, which decimated the town of Paradise and has left at least 71 people dead across the area with 1000 people still believed to be missing.
Incredible to be with our GREAT HEROES today in California. We will always be with you! pic.twitter.com/B1MCTF83Zf
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2018
Speaking from the ashes of where a mobile home park once stood the President told the press, “I think people have to see this to really understand it.”
“We’re going to have to work quickly,” the President urged, promising improved forest management practices would help lessen future risk. “Hopefully this is going to be the last of these because this was a really, really bad one. I think everyone’s seen the light and I don’t think we’ll have this again to this extent.”
The massive fire that swept across parts of Northern California encompassed 228 square miles and as of now is fifty-percent contained.
“We’ve never seen anything like this in California. It’s total devastation.” the President said. “It’s going to work out well, but right now we want to take care of the people that are so badly hurt.”
President Trump pledged Washington would do its part by coming to California’s aid before later touring operations centers, meeting with response commanders and praising the work of firefighters, first responders, and representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“They’re out there fighting and they’re fighting like hell,” Trump said of the those battling the monster fire.