President Donald Trump will visit California on Monday to be briefed on the fires, culminating in a weekend election campaign on the West Coast with a visit to the devastating wildfires that killed at least 29 people.
“President @realDonaldTrump will visit California on Monday where he will be briefed on the state fires,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere tweeted Saturday.
Trump leaves for Nevada on Saturday afternoon for two days of election events, where he will try to circumvent coronavirus restrictions to organize rallies for his supporters.
President Donald Trump will visit California on Monday to be briefed on the fires there
More than 746,000 acres in California were burned, including the Bobcat Fire (above) in the Angeles National Forest north of Monrovia
Next, on Monday he will visit McClellan Park in Sacramento County, which served as the base for CALFire operations, Fox 11 in Los Angeles reported.
The White House has publicized its support for first responders and firefighters in the state.
‘THANKS to the more than 28,000 firefighters and other rescuers fighting fires in California, Oregon and Washington. I passed 37 Stafford bill statements, including fire management grants to support their brave work. We are always with them! ” Trump tweeted on Friday night.
President Trump visited California following the 2018 fires, visiting the area with then-Governor Jerry Brown and then Governor-elect Gavin Newsom.
It is unclear whether Newsom will join the president on this trip. The two men don’t get along, but on Friday they spoke on the phone about the roaring fires that ravaged the west coast.
At least 20 have been killed in California, eight in Oregon and one in Washington state as thousands of firefighters struggle to keep the flames in check. Four people were arrested on arson charges.
California images show orange skies, damaged properties, and smoke-filled scenes.
More than 20,000 firefighters are fighting the flames.
Officials are preparing for more casualties.
“We anticipate that the number (of deaths) could potentially increase as we return to areas that have been ravaged by the flames and, of course, the smoke starts to clear,” Newsom warned, while visiting a burnt forest near the raging North Complex Fire on Friday. .
The map above shows 103 wildfires that have already burned more than 3.4 million acres in the western United States
The complex fire in August this week became by far the largest wildfire recorded in California history, stripping 746,000 acres of dry vegetation in the upstate as more fires combined.
But it’s only one of around 100 major fires on the west coast, and other rapidly growing fires closer to populated areas have proven more lethal.
Prior to his visit to California, Trump will be in Nevada, where he will go head-to-head with state officials by staging public events after they canceled his plans for rallies in Reno and Las Vegas due to coronavirus restrictions.
Democratic rival Joe Biden leads Nevada by four points, according to the state’s RealClearPolitics polling average, but Trump’s campaign officials are looking to move him to his column even though a Republican presidential candidate hasn’t won Nevada since 2004.
Hillary Clinton led the status by 2 points in 2016.
Trump criticized Nevada officials for passing a law to make mail-order voting easier in response to the COVID pandemic, a rallying cry that will likely resume in speeches this weekend.
He had planned to host rallies in hangars at Reno and Las Vegas airports – since he held rallies at airports in other states – Nevada officials canceled his plans, citing COVID restrictions.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, issued a directive in May limiting meetings to 50 people or fewer.
But officials denied that politics played any role in undoing Trump’s events.
‘This has nothing to do with politics. The letter we sent is about directives and safety and not political campaigns, “Daren Griffin, president and CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority said earlier this week.” We would have kept our tenants at the same level whether they Whether it was a Democratic or a Republican rally or any other kind of meeting We are following the governor’s directive and Washoe County recommendation during a pandemic.
Republicans are trying to make progress in Nevada, where Joe Biden leads the polls
Instead the president heads to Minden on Saturday night, about 45 miles south of Reno.
On Sunday it will host a ‘Latinos for Trump’ panel discussion, participate in a fundraiser and hold an evening rally in nearby Henderson at a manufacturing facility.
If Trump manages to move Nevada into his column, his six electoral votes could help him recover a loss from another state, like Arizona, where he will stop on Monday.
Arizona, a typically red state that has seen Biden at the top of the polls, has sparked fears in the GOP that the former vice president could take him to November.