White House Defends Biden’s ‘No Comment’ Maui Wildfire Response

White House Defends Biden's 'No Comment' Maui Wildfire Response

On Monday, the White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended President Biden for avoiding questions about the Maui flames that have claimed at least 96 lives.

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White House Defends Biden’s ‘No Comment’ Maui Wildfire Response

U.S. President Joe Biden was in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, over the weekend. During a Sunday morning bike ride, Biden was asked if he would travel to Maui to evaluate the extensive damage.

He responded, “We’re looking at it.” Later that day, after going to the beach, Biden was questioned about the mounting death toll on the island, and he gave the response, “No comment.”

CNN’s Kayla Tausche questioned Jean-Pierre during a press conference on Monday about whether Biden should be seen talking on the phone rather than relaxing on the beach during the terrible crisis.

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Using reports that suggest Biden has interacted with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Jean-Pierre remarked, “You all have gotten [White House press pool reports] on who the president has connected with.”

According to Jean-Pierre, the president has spoken to the senators from Hawaii, Mazie Hirono, and Brian Schatz, as well as FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.

By the president’s request, “the [FEMA] administrator has been there for two whole days, two whole days on the ground, to make sure that the government has what they have, the local government has what they have, and the people of Maui have what they have,”

White House Defend Biden's 'No Comment' Maui Wildfire Response
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She further added, “When you talk about a dozen agencies on the ground, helping and assisting . . . hundreds of FEMA personnel. That’s what — that’s what matters.”

By the president’s request, “the [FEMA] administrator has been there for two whole days, two whole days on the ground, to make sure that the government has what they have, the local government has what they have, and the people of Maui have what they have,”

She continued. “When you mention a dozen agencies on the ground, aiding and abetting… hundreds of FEMA workers. That’s what matters, in other words.

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Tausche questioned Jean-Pierre again, asking him to address the criticism that the president shouldn’t have been on vacation while the wildfire raged.

According to the press secretary, Biden is “deeply concerned” about the situation and has organized a full-scale government response that includes sending 300 FEMA officials, 50,000 meals, and thousands of cots and blankets to the scene of the fires.

She added, “You could expect to hear from the president on this issue. Clearly, it is something that is deeply concerning to him,” she said. “You’ll hear from the president on this . . . certainly, he’s the president.”

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In response to inquiries regarding Biden’s travel to Maui, FEMA’s Deanne Criswell, who participated in the briefing digitally from Hawaii on Monday, said, “Right now, we want to make sure that [federal government responders] have all of the resources and the space that they need and not disrupt operations.”

Criswell continued, “At this point, we just want to make sure that we are working to help this community identify everybody that’s missing, and we need to stay focused on that right now.”

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As search and rescue operations continue, the death toll from the wildfires, which are currently the deadliest in the United States in more than a century, could increase.

 

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