Former President Donald Trump has issued a letter of regret to the victims of the horrific wildfires burning on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Maui who have been affected by these terrible wildfires,” Trump said in a statement. “I know that the firefighters are working tirelessly to contain the blaze, and I urge everyone to stay safe and follow the instructions of local officials.”
The wildfires have been burning for over a week and have destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses. At least two people have been killed and dozens more have been injured.
Trump praised the firefighters for their “heroic efforts” and said that he is “committed to providing any assistance that the people of Maui need.”
Trump released an official statement on the deadly Maui wildfires on Monday afternoon.
Trump in a video stated, “I would like to offer my sympathy and warmest regards to the people of Hawaii and specifically to those who were hurt by the tragedy of the wildfires in Maui.”
The 45th president went on to say “The sad thing is it should have never happened. Our government was not prepared.”
Trump then proceeded to call out the Democrat governor of Hawaii for blaming the wildfires on climate change.
He also called on Congress to pass legislation that would provide more funding for wildfire prevention and suppression.
“We need to do everything we can to prevent these wildfires from happening in the first place,” Trump said. “And when they do happen, we need to make sure that we have the resources to put them out quickly and efficiently.”
Trump’s message was met with mixed reactions on social media. Some people praised him for his condolences and offer of assistance, while others criticized him for not doing enough to address the climate crisis, which is contributing to the increasing frequency and severity of wildfires.