Since the weekend of August 12, 2023, President Joe Biden has experience backlash over his handling of the disaster unfolding in Maui.
The backlash mounted after Biden responded with “no comment” when he was asked about the devastation and climbing death toll.
President Biden has visited the U.K. 7 times.
He’s visited Italy, Ireland, Ukraine, Japan, and a handful of other countries since he took office.
He has NOT visited East Palestine, Ohio☣️
He has NOT (and has no plans) to visit Maui🔥#AmericaLast pic.twitter.com/kfkym5WziL
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 15, 2023
After a few days the President has finally decided to head to the Maui disaster area next week.
“In Maui, the President and First Lady will be welcomed by state and local leaders to see firsthand the impacts of the wildfires and the devastating loss of life and land that has occurred on the island, as well as discuss the next steps in the recovery effort,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement as reported by the Hill.
President Biden also announced he would be traveling to the area during a speech on August 15.
“My wife Jill and I are going to travel to Hawaii as soon as we can, that’s what I’ve been talking to governor about,” he said on Tuesday. “I don’t want to get in the way – I’ve been to too many disaster areas, but I want to go and make sure we got everything they need. I want to be sure we don’t disrupt the ongoing recovery efforts.”
The devastation in Maui is apocalyptic.
There are reports that some fire hydrants ran dry in the early stages of the wildfire, and a class action lawsuit has been filed against Hawaiian Electric, claiming that power lines should have been shut off to lower the risk.
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) August 16, 2023