Donald Trump blasted for getting name of wildfire devastated town Paradise wrong, calling it ‘Pleasure’

The Camp Fire consumed over 149,500 acres in Northern California, killing at least 77 people, and leaving 1,276 unaccounted for.

Trump had joined Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom for a tour of the devastated California region.

But he fumbled the name twice, remarking during a news conference: “What we saw at Pleasure … what a name, right now.”

It took calls from the audience to alert the president to his mistake.

When he is corrected, he says: “Paradise. And what we just saw at Paradise is just – it's just not acceptable.”

During the speech Trump tried to impress the level of destruction: “You’re watching from New York or you're watching from Washington DC and you don't really see the gravity of it.”

Twitter lit up with criticism for the fumble.

Comedian Dana Goldberg tweeted: “Proving once again that Trump just flew to California for a photo op, he calls the town that was completely destroyed the wrong name TWICE.

“It’s not ‘Pleasure’, it’s ‘Paradise.’ 76 dead, almost 1300 missing and over 2,600 are homeless. Learn the damn name, Trump.”

Writer and filmmaker Rucha Chitnis wrote: “Dear God. Donald Trump in California can’t get the name right of Paradise, a town wiped by fires. He called it 'Pleasure'.”

In Southern California the Woolsey Fire has been confirmed to have killed at least three people.

Trump was non-committal about the influence climate change had on the wildfires.

He told Fox News: “Maybe it contributes a little bit. The big problem we have is management.”

He continued to blame firefighters for not clearing dried brush: 'This should have been all raked out", which prompted anger, ridicule, and at least one meme.


On November 10 he tweeted: “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor.”

He also threatened to withhold federal emergency funds for the disaster.

“Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”



“Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

Governor Brown said he had backtracked on the threat after seeing the destruction and told CBS: “The president not only has signed a presidential declaration giving California substantial funding, but he said and pledged very specifically to continue to help us, that he's got our back.”



 

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