LA County fire chief: Trump's comments on wildfires are 'very hurtful'

LA County fire chief: Trump's comments on wildfires are 'very hurtful'

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby on Monday responded to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE’s assertion that the California wildfires are due to “gross mismanagement,” saying the president's remarks are “hurtful.”


Trump tweeted his critique Saturday, blaming the fires on poor forest management.

Speaking at a press conference Monday, Osby had a much different reason for the fires his teams are currently battling across the state.


“We are in extreme climate change right now. We don’t control the climate. We are doing all that we can to prevent incidents, mitigate incidents and save lives,” he said.

Osby said it is unfair to everyone working to keep Californians safe from the fire to politicize the event.

“I personally find that statement unsatisfactory and it’s very hurtful for all first responders that are putting their lives on the line to protect lives and property,” Osby said.

Trump's first comments about the massive wildfires came hours after he declared a state of emergency for California, allowing federal assistance to supplement local response as three major wildfires burn across the state.

Trump has been widely criticized for his response to the wildfires, including by Republican lawmakers, California’s Democratic governor and local firefighters' unions.

On Monday, amid a flurry of tweets, Trump gave his praise to California firefighters and first responders.


The wildfire had claimed at least 31 lives as of Monday.