Trump had traveled to the disaster region to receive personal briefing about the huge fires. Even before his visit, a violent political argument had broken out over the cause of the fire.
The Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden called Trump on Monday a “climate arsonist”. Because Trump denies climate change, he also shares responsibility for the forest fires, Biden said in a speech in his home state of Delaware just before Trump’s arrival in California. “If a climate arsonist gets four more years in the White House, no one will be surprised if more of America is on fire,” Biden said.
The presidential candidate of the opposition Democrats accused Trump of not taking responsibility for the forest fires. “We need a president who respects science, who understands that the destruction caused by climate change is already here,” said the former vice president.
The devastating fires that have raged for days in western states such as California, Oregon and Washington have already killed at least 35 people, 27 of them in the past week alone. Dozens more people are missing. More than 30,000 firefighters are fighting the flames, which have already devastated around two million hectares of land and destroyed thousands of houses.