President Trump pledged to work with California leaders to help the state recover from the deadly Camp Fire during a visit to a burn site in Paradise on Saturday.
"The federal government is behind you, we're all behind you," Trump said, standing between Gov. Jerry Brown and Gov.-elect Newsom, and in front of Paradise's burned-out landscape. As of Trump's visit on Saturday, the Camp Fire has scorched 148,000 acres and killed at least 71 people, with more than 1,000 still listed as missing.
Trump was also joined by Paradise Mayor Jody Jones, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa, U.S. Rep Ken Calvert and FEMA Administrator Brock Long.
The president praised FEMA and law enforcement officials for their work in the aftermath of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in modern California history.
"Nobody would've ever thought this could happen," Trump said.
Trump's visit comes days after he seemed to blame state officials for contributing to the fire by not having proper forest management techniques, even though 57 percent of the state's forest land is owned by the federal government.