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President Trump to meet with California wildfire victims

Posted: 1:00 PM, Nov 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-15 21:11:16Z
President Trump to meet with California wildfire victims

(AP/KGTV) — President Donald Trump will travel to California on Saturday to meet with victims of the deadly wildfires that have scorched the state.

The White House announced Thursday that it is still arranging details of his trip to California, but the president will visit people who have been impacted by the fires.

The fires in Northern and Southern California started last week and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people and the destruction of thousands of homes.

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At least 56 people were killed in and nearby the Northern California town of Paradise, which was leveled by the fire.

Two people were killed by the Southern California fire and a third death in that fire zone is under investigation as possibly linked to the fire.

The visit will be the president's second trip to the state after briefly visiting in 2017 to attend a fundraiser and view prototypes of the controversial border wall.

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Recently President Trump took aim at California, blaming the state's wildfires on "gross mismanagement" of state forests and threatened to withhold federal aid for the state.

Trump was immediately criticized  for making "dangerously wrong" and partisan comments over the deadly wildfires.

Wednesday, the president tweeted that he had spoken with Governor Jerry Brown, "to let him know that we are with him, and the people of California, all the way."