MALIBU—President Donald Trump visited California to survey the damage from the California wildfires on Saturday, November 17. He traveled with Republican Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Rep., Ken Calvert, R-Calif.
“Heading to California with GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy and Ken Calvert. Looking forward to being with our brave firefighters, First Responders, and FEMA along with the many brave people of California. We are with you all the way. God Bless you all!,” tweeted President Trump.
The President first flew into Northern California and toured the grounds with California Governor Jerry Brown and Governor Elect, Gavin Newsom. He later traveled down to Southern California to visit the Malibu area to evaluate damage done from the Woolsey and Hill Fires where tens of thousands of acres have burned. President Trump met with victims of the fire and victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting.
Some criticized President Trump for an earlier tweet where he noted bad forest management was the result of the fires.
In an interview with Fox News Sunday, President Trump praised the firefighters, but indicated that the wooded areas have got to be cleared out.
“You need forest management, it has to be. I’m not saying that in a negative way or positive way, I’m just saying the facts,” said Trump.
There were people lining the highways leading up to where the Woolsey Fire damaged structures wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.
Another group of “Refuse Fascism” were there to protest Trump’s visit.
“I think we developed a great relationship. We have to work together. It’s a great big problem and we have to solve this problem, and I know we’ll work together. I have no doubt in my mind. We’re going to get it done,” said President Trump to the people of Malibu.