The press secretary continued to assert that Doocy’s question was flawed and advised him to “go speak to the governor and the local and state officials in Hawaii.” [firefly_poll] However, recent reports have raised doubts about Jean-Pierre’s claims, revealing that top emergency officials from Maui were attending disaster training on a neighboring island during the crisis. President Biden and first lady Jill Biden did not visit Maui until more than a week after the wildfire disaster, further damaging the perception of a sluggish response. In fact, during the Maui crisis, the president decided to embark on a family vacation at Lake Tahoe, residing in billionaire Tom Steyer’s rented residence for an eight-night stay, as reported by the New York Post. However, during his highly publicized visit to Maui, Biden made an ill-advised comparison between the deadly wildfire and a kitchen fire in his past, which drew criticism from residents who felt their plight was being trivialized. Complaints of a slow response from FEMA also marred the crisis, though the White House maintained it was collaborating closely with Hawaii Gov. Josh Green throughout the ordeal, according to a fact sheet the White House released recently. House Republicans on the Oversight and Accountability Committee have announced plans to investigate the administration’s response to the Maui wildfire, The Hill reported. Meanwhile, Hurricane Idalia unleashed its fury upon Florida’s Gulf Coast this week, making landfall as a catastrophic Category 3 storm, according to CBS News. It left more than 146,000 households without power and caused storm surges, damaging winds and widespread flooding. Tragically, two lives have been lost in vehicle accidents attributed to the storm. FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell provided an update during the press conference, reporting that over 1,000 FEMA personnel are deployed in Florida and other affected states. Criswell said she is in Florida to “join the governor and see first-hand the impacts on the communities so we can determine what level of assistance” is needed for the affected areas. She will personally travel to the disaster zone to report directly to the president on ongoing recovery and response efforts. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
WATCH: Peter Doocy utterly TRIGGERS Cringe Jean Pierre after EXPOSING Joe Biden for going on vacation as fires raged through Maui and children went missing:“Your question is wrong.” pic.twitter.com/DiND6HQZs1 — Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) August 31, 2023