Nov 17, 2018

In photos: Trump visits California wildfire devastation in Paradise

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump visited the devastated town of Paradise, Calif. on Saturday to view the wildfire aftermath that has left at least 71 dead and 1,000 missing.

Details: In his comments to assembled reporters, Trump said, "Hopefully, this will be the last of these, because it was a really, really bad one. People have to see this to really understand it." Trump also said that viewing the fire damage hadn't changed his opinion on climate change, though a changing climate and population growth are combining to increase wildfire risk both in California and more broadly across the American West.

California Governor Jerry Brown, President Donald Trump, Paradise Mayor Jody Jones and FEMA Administrator Brock Long. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images.
Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images.

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