Biden Visits Maui As Crews Continue to Survey Aftermath of Wildfires
Summary from the AllSides News Team
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrived in Hawaii on Monday to survey the damage caused by a string of wildfires two weeks ago and speak with residents.
For Context: Hawaii is suffering through the aftermath of the deadliest string of wildfires in modern United States history. Over 100 people are dead, hundreds remain missing, and thousands are displaced after a wildfire leveled entire neighborhoods in the village of Lahaina on the western side of Maui.
Details: After a helicopter tour of Lahaina, Biden addressed reporters and Hawaii officials, stating, “The country grieves with you, stands with you and will do everything possible to help you recover, rebuild and respect culture and traditions when the rebuilding takes place.” Biden promised to help the impacted areas “rebuild the way people of Maui want it built.” This comes after some residents voiced fears that the wildfires will exacerbate the existing housing affordability crisis on the island, with some residents reportedly being contacted by land developers with offers to purchase destroyed property shortly after the fires.
How the Media Covered It: Biden’s visit was covered moderately across the spectrum, more prominently in left-rated outlets. Coverage in right- and center-rated outlets prominently highlighted criticism from Hawaii residents toward Biden for his administration’s response to the fires. The New York Post (Lean Right bias) reported that Biden “took time out Monday from his weeklong vacation at a Democratic billionaire’s Lake Tahoe mansion for a day trip to Hawaii.”
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From the RightBiden taking break from Lake Tahoe vacation at billionaire’s mansion to tour Maui wildfire damage
President Biden took time out Monday from his weeklong vacation at a Democratic billionaire’s Lake Tahoe mansion for a day trip to Hawaii to examine damage from the deadliest US wildfires in more than a century.
Biden boarded Air Force One in Reno, Nev., without addressing reporters — and after taking heat for repeatedly declining to comment on the blazes that have killed at least 114 people in Maui.
The president arrived in Maui shortly before noon local time alongside FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell, after taking a 20-minute aerial tour of the disaster area ahead...
From the CenterBiden in Maui to tour wildfire devastation
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrived in Maui Monday to survey the damage from the Hawaiian wildfires and meet with victims.
It’s an important moment for the president as he and his administration have been under intense scrutiny for their response to the wildfires ahead of his visit.
The two landed in Maui around 11 a.m. local time and boarded helicopters to get an aerial view of the devastation.
They went to Lahaina, where they got a first-hand look at the damage from the ground. There, Biden was...
From the LeftBiden Vows to ‘Rebuild the Way People of Maui Want It Built’
President Biden flew over the blackened remains of Lahaina on Monday in his first visit since the deadly wildfires and declared: “The devastation is overwhelming.”
And in remarks in Lahaina near a 150-year-old banyan tree that survived the fire to become a symbol of hope, Mr. Biden repeatedly called Hawaii “the kingdom of Hawaii” as he emphasized his commitment to rebuilding.
“We’re going to rebuild the way people of Maui want it built,” he declared.
The president also sought to assure residents of Maui that they would be involved in...