During talks with the media this week, people from Maui criticized President Biden for not seeming to care about the island after last week’s deadly fires, which have killed at least 111 people so far.
One person from Lahaina, a historic city that was turned to ash by one fire, talked to the Australian independent news agency Rebel News and asked why the Biden administration seems so anxious to provide billions of dollars for Ukraine but has remained mostly quiet about the tragedy in Maui.
The lady questioned Biden, “Why aren’t you handling the matters you claim that you’re in charge of instead of sending out all of these funds plus everything else you guys have been sending to Ukraine or elsewhere? First, take care of this. I can’t think of any reason why a president would not get up and take responsibility for what’s on their land. I think it’s a dumb thing for him to do. Who is Biden? Sure, he’s a fool.”
Ella Sable Tacderan, who also lives in Maui, asked Kaitlan Collins of CNN, “Where is the president?”
“Aren’t we all Americans, too?” Tacderan questioned. “We are part of the United States. Why are we being pushed to the side? Why do they not care about us?”
The White House revealed earlier in the week the fact that the president along with the first lady would travel to the island this week, following Biden’s initial declaration that he had “no comment” on the fires as they were relaxing on the beach. The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Deanne Criswell, additionally stated that the president has asked for a “whole-of-government” response to the fires.
The flames that burned last week have killed 111 people, including children. Only about 40% of the burned area has been checked, and the governor says that more than 1,000 individuals are probably still missing. Video footage indicates that a number of the island’s numerous fires probably started when power lines fell.
Hawaiian Electric is being looked at because it is said to have put off updating and fixing its power grid while it worked on building up its green energy network. The state attorney general said that the state and city governments’ responses to the terrible fires will be looked into by a third party.