President Joe Biden was slammed this week for appearing to abandon residents of fire-ravaged Hawaii even as he approved yet more aid to Ukraine.
The controversy began this past Friday when a reporter asked Biden about the wildfire death toll on Maui which had risen to roughly 100 people. The president responded that he had no comment on the matter.
"Any comment on the rising death toll in Maui?"
BIDEN: "No. No comment." pic.twitter.com/oORpRuLUpz
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 14, 2023
Biden's response provoked outrage online, including from former Trump advisor and conservative commentator Stephen L. Miller, who complained that the president seemed more interested in vacationing than helping those who have been affected.
He just came back from a 14 day beach vacation. Spent 4 days in DC, now is back on the beach and has no comment for wildfires that wiped out entire communities. Just incredible stuff. https://t.co/eVJMXIG0bP
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) August 14, 2023
National Review contributor Pradheep J. Shanker condemned Biden's response as "absolutely embarrassing," adding, "The largest wildfire tragedy in modern American history, and the President has nothing significant to say about it?"
Absolutely embarrassing. The largest wildfire tragedy in modern American history, and the President has nothing significant to say about it? https://t.co/ONZnwKpQke
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) August 14, 2023
British television personality Piers Morgan spoke up as well, calling Biden's remarks "disgraceful" and "just appalling."
Disgraceful response by President Biden. A ‘no comment’ and then a smirk when asked about the horrendous Maui disaster.. just appalling. pic.twitter.com/4eCXJIkhK2
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 14, 2023
On Monday, Biden revealed that those who had been displaced by the fire would be eligible for a one-time payment of $700.
2. We're laser-focused on getting aid to survivors, including Critical Needs Assistance: a one-time $700 payment per household offering relief during an unimaginably difficult time.
We have staff on the ground dedicated to helping survivors navigate the registration process.
— President Biden (@POTUS) August 14, 2023
That same day saw the Department of Defense announce another $200 million worth of assistance for Ukraine. The Post Millennial pointed out that this represented the 44th dispersal since August of 2021.
The news did not go unnoticed by Dogecoin influencer Matt Wallace, who asked, "Why are U.S. citizens treated worse than Ukrainian citizens?"
⚠️ Joe Biden Has Sent Over $113,000,000,000 to Ukraine, Which Has A Population of About 43,000,000. EQUALING MORE THAN $3,000 PER PERSON ⚠️
🚨 MEANWHILE, Joe Biden Has Sent Just $700 Per Person To Maui Fire Victims 🚨
WHY ARE U.S. CITIZENS TREATED WORSE THAN UKRAINIAN CITIZENS? pic.twitter.com/bpS4abbJ1P
— Matt Wallace (@MattWallace888) August 15, 2023