The White House announced Wednesday that Joe Biden and Jill Biden will return to Maui next Monday after facing strong criticism for repeatedly saying “no comment” to reporters last weekend while vacationing at their Delaware beach home. Will visit the fire area. More than 100 people died and more than 1000 people are still missing.

Biden’s week-long event is about to begin nevada shore of lake tahoe on Friday. The White House did not indicate whether the vacations were terminated or how long Biden would stay in Hawaii.

While biking and relaxing on the beach, Biden repeatedly pestered reporters begging for comment on Maui.

White House statement,

The President and First Lady will travel to Maui on Monday, August 21, to meet with first responders, survivors, as well as federal, state and local officials in the wake of the deadly wildfires on the island.

In Maui, the President and First Lady will be welcomed by state and local leaders to see firsthand the effects of the wildfires and the devastating loss of life and land on the island, as well as discuss next steps in recovery efforts Can do , The President continues the whole-of-government response to the deadly Maui fires, and he has pledged to give the people of Hawaii everything they need from the federal government to recover from this disaster.

Over the past week, President Biden has been in close contact with FEMA Administrator Dean Creswell, Hawaii Senators Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz, as well as Hawaii Governor Josh Green, who advised that the search and recovery effort is expected to be in the early stages. Is. The President’s visit will be allowed next week.

White House on Tuesday released a “fact sheet” On the Biden administration’s response to the Maui fire (excerpt):

The Biden-Harris Administration has mobilized a robust whole-of-government response effort to support immediate and long-term rescue and recovery efforts in Maui, Hawaii. Since the start of the catastrophic fires in Maui, dozens of federal departments and agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security through FEMA and the Coast Guard, the Department of Defense through the Navy and Army, the Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) are working on the ground with state and local partners to assess ongoing needs and provide resources and personnel to support response efforts.

Last Thursday, within hours of the devastating fire, President Biden signed a major disaster declaration for Hawaii, and as President Biden told Governor Josh Green, the federal government is working to provide additional assistance to ensure that Ready for the state to be cured. This weekend, FEMA Administrator Dean Creswell, US Fire Administrator Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell and US Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman surveyed the devastating damage on the island and reiterated the administration’s commitment to supporting affected communities. Hosted a local press conference for, albeit longer. it may take.

The Administration Continues to Encourage Individuals Affected by the Disaster to Register for Federal Assistance www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362.

Survivors had to fend for themselves as government aid was slow to arrive:

Biden spoke about the Maui fires in an appearance in Milwaukee on Tuesday, where he spoke of giving $700 “per household”:




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