Biden spends hours on the beach, says 'No comment' on Maui fires and death toll

August 15, 2023

After an afternoon relaxing on the beach, President Joe Biden only said "no comment" to a Bloomberg reporter when he was asked about the rising death toll in last week's Maui wildfires.

“After a couple hours on the Rehoboth beach, @potus was asked about the rising death toll in Hawaii,” Justin Sink posted on X. “‘No comment,’ he said before heading home.”

Biden spent Saturday and Sunday at his Rehobeth Beach, Delaware home and returned to the White House on Monday morning.

Biden tweeting 'Bidenomics,' not Maui

The Messenger columnist Joe Concha also commented on Biden's apparent lack of concern for the situation in Maui, where nearly the entire city of Lahaina burned to the ground on August 8 when hurricane winds offshore caused the fire to spread rapidly.

“You have to go back 25 [tweets] to see anything regarding Maui. The president is at his beach house in Delaware, where he just gave a ‘no comment’ to a reporter asking about Maui. Stunning,” he posted.

So far, 99 deaths have been confirmed from the fires, but 1,000 people are still missing and only 25% of the burned buildings have been searched.

Death toll could double

Hawaii Governor Josh Green (D) said the death toll could double in the next 10 days, and it is already the deadliest wildfire in more than 100 years.

“It is a tragedy beyond tragedies,” he told CNN.

Failures in telecommunications and residents who ran from the area without their cell phones mean that many of those 1,000 may not be able to let officials know they survived the fire.

If most of the 1,000 unaccounted for perished in the fire, it would be an unimaginable tragedy, but right now, officials don't really know.

The search is expected to be 85-90% completed by this weekend, with several teams including 20 search dogs working in the area.

“Nothing can prepare you for what I saw during my time here, and nothing can prepare them for the emotional toll of the impact that this severe event has taken on them,” FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell told reporters Monday.

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