First Lady Jill Biden visiting Maui with president following backlash

August 17, 2023

President Joe Biden was excoriated this week over what many regarded as a callous response to the deadly wildfires in Maui.

In what Newsweek called "an about-turn," the White House announced on Tuesday that First Lady Jill Biden will accompany the president on a trip to Maui next week.

First couple will "see first-hand the impacts of the wildfires"

"In Maui, the President and First Lady will be welcomed by state and local leaders to see first-hand the impacts of the wildfires and the devastating loss of life and land that has occurred on the island, as well as discuss the next steps in the recovery effort," Newsweek quoted a White House statement as reading.

"The President continues to marshal a whole-of-government response to the deadly Maui fires, and he has committed to delivering everything that the people of Hawaii need from the federal government as they recover from this disaster," the statement added.

That announcement came days after the president told a reporter he had "no comment" regarding Maui's rising death toll.

Biden's response called "embarrassing"

The remark was slammed by many online, including former Trump advisor and conservative commentator Stephen L. Miller. He complained that Biden seemed more interested in vacationing than helping those who have been affected.

National Review contributor Pradheep J. Shanker spoke up as well, condemning Biden's response as "absolutely embarrassing."

Critics contrast support for Ukraine with money offered to Maui victims

Another point of contention emerged on Monday when he announced that Maui residents who have been displaced by the fires would only be offered a one-time payment of $700.

The revelation came the same day that the Department of Defense announced another $200 million worth of assistance for Ukraine, leading some to question the Biden administration's priorities.

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