Though President Donald Trump would like to give himself a 10 out of 10 for his response to natural disasters, he has fallen short several times and not just in Puerto Rico. Back in October, Trump consistently complained on Twitter about how he wasn’t appreciated for his efforts in Puerto Rico; however, he only mentioned the wildfires in California once. Back in October, 41 lives had been lost, and Trump barely noticed.
Now, he’s finally paying attention two months later, and honestly, it’s a little too late for that. Trump tweeted thoughts and prayers to California on Wednesday morning. He wrote:
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the pat of California’s wildfires. I encourage everyone to heed the advice and orders of local and state officials. THANK YOU to all First Responders for your incredible work!’
Thoughts and prayers are really nice sentiments; however, why isn’t the president on the ground in California? His response to Puerto Rico was terrible, but he did at least go and throw some paper towels.
Trump’s tweet also shared a tweet from FEMA that noted grants had been approved to help with the massive costs of putting out the wildfires.
‘We approved Fire Management Assistance Grants for the #ThomasFire, #CreekFire, and #RyeFire to help cover the costs of emergency work in California. Listen to local officials and evacuate if instructed.’
Trump’s tweet did not escape the responses of Twitter users who saw through the bull. You can check out their responses below.
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