(DAILY MAIL UK) – Donald Trump has touched down at the Beale Air Force base in Northern California hours after he blamed the deadly wildfires that have killed 74 on poor forest management yet again, re-igniting fury among West Coast residents and firefighters.
The president spoke to press first thing in the morning from the White House South Lawn before taking off for California where he'll be making two stops and will speak with first responders, FEMA representatives, California governor Jerry Brown and governor elect Gavin Newsom.
'It seems many more people are missing than anyone thought even possible. And I want to be with the firefighters and the FEMA and first responders,' Trump said prior to takeoff.
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'We have a lot of things to talk about. We will be talking about forest management. I've been saying that for a long time. This could have been a lot different situation... Very expensive issue but very inexpensive when you compare it to even one of these horrible fires and will save lots of lives in addition to a lot of money,' he said.
However, he commended the team of more than 9,000 'unbelievably brave' firefighters on the scene.