Republicans slam Biden’s blasé response to questions about Maui wildfires

While Republicans blasted the president this weekend, he was praised by Hawaiian officials for his response to the fires

Rachel Sharp
Tuesday 15 August 2023 00:59 BST
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Donald Trump has slammed Joe Biden and the governor of Hawaii for their reaction to the historic wildfire in Maui that has now cost 99 lives and accused the president of “refusing to help.”

“The sad thing is it should never have happened, our government was not prepared and very importantly the aftermath is going very poorly with the governor of the island wanting to do nothing but blame it on global warming and other things that just happened to pop into his head,” said the one-term president in a video on Monday.

“It is a disgraceful thing that Joe Biden refuses to help or comment on the tragedy in Maui just as he refused to help or comment on the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, for a very long time.”

Earlier Mr Biden came under fire for his blasé response to questions about the Maui wildfires after he spent the weekend riding his bike and sunbathing on a beach.

Over the weekend, the president was repeatedly asked by reporters about the devastating fires which have so far claimed 96 lives and burned the historic town of Lahaina, Maui island, to the ground.

While on a bike ride through Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, Mr Biden was asked by reporters if he was going to visit Maui.

“We’re looking at it,” he responded.

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