Trump holds call with Hawaii governor over hurricane response

Trump holds call with Hawaii governor over hurricane response
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Trump and Ige discussed preparedness and emergency response measures for the Category 2 storm, the White House said in a statement Friday evening.
 
"The president reiterated that the Federal Government is fully committed to helping the State in the response and recovery efforts related to Hurricane Lane," the statement added.
 
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Trump had declared a state of emergency for Hawaii on Wednesday as the island chain braced for the hurricane, which approached the state as a Category 5 storm.
 
The declaration provided federal assistance and aid to state and local agencies that are responding to the storm.
 
Hawaii Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzOvernight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police Senators push to limit transfer of military-grade equipment to police Hillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology MORE (D) on Friday praised the administration's response to the storm, calling government agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Defense, Federal Communications Commission and Department of Transportation "sharp and aggressive" in their work.
 
"Big mahalo to first responders across Hawai`i, from Maui County firefighters in west Maui to emergency crews in Hilo. They are working hard and taking real risks while leaving their own families at home," Schatz wrote on Twitter.
 
The National Weather Service said Friday that the hurricane was beginning to weaken as it moved north and toward the islands of Maui and Oahu. Officials in Maui had been battling a pair of brush fires ahead of the approaching storm.