Trump offers support to California governor amid feud over wildfires

Trump offers support to California governor amid feud over wildfires
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller report MORE spoke Wednesday with California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to offer support as the state deals with catastrophic wildfires, a shift in tone after the two men exchanged barbs over the fires a few days earlier.

"Just spoke to Governor Jerry Brown to let him know that we are with him, and the people of California, all the way!" Trump wrote on Twitter.


Brown was in Northern California on Wednesday to tour damage from the Camp Fire that has ravaged that part of the state and killed 48 people. A separate fire raging in Southern California has killed two people in recent days.

He told reporters there that he spoke with Trump, who pledged "the full resources of the Federal Government." Brown added that he will issue an executive order intended to speed up the recovery process.

"So, I think now is the time for solidarity and understanding and let’s learn how to do this together in the best way we can, and get ready because we’re always under some kind of threat," Brown said.

The president has clashed with Brown repeatedly since taking office, particularly on issues related to immigration and environmental policies.

Trump previously blamed the state's water management policies for wildfires, and over the weekend attracted widespread criticism when he blamed poor forest management for the latest round of wildfires that have displaced tens of thousands of residents and scorched thousands of homes. He threatened to withhold federal funding for the state.

Brown's office hit back on Sunday, saying in a statement that the governor is focused on the Californians impacted by these fires and the first responders and firefighters working around the clock to save lives and property — not on the president’s "inane and uninformed tweets."

The president has in recent days taken a more conventional approach toward the tragedy, offering condolences via Twitter for those impacted and signing a major disaster declaration on Monday to provide additional federal aid to affected areas.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke traveled to California on Wednesday to tour damaged areas and to meet with Brown. Zinke canceled a previously planned official visit to Asia to make the trip, an Interior spokesperson told The Hill.

Zinke shared images from California on social media. He described the aftermath of the fires as "worse than any war zone I saw in Iraq."