Trump thanks California firefighters for ‘their incredible courage in the fave of grave danger’

President Donald Trump thanked the California firefighters for their ‘courage’ during a press conference on Tuesday just days after they blasted him from his initial response to the deadly wildfires.

‘We mourn for the lives lost and we pray for the victims of the California Wildfires,’ the president said on Tuesday during a gathering for the Diwali holiday.

‘I want to thank the Firefighters and First Responders for their incredible courage in the face of grave danger,’ Trump said.

His remarks came just hours before the death toll from the California wildfires climbed to 50, making the Camp Fire the deadliest in United States history.  

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President Donald Trump thanked the California firefighters for their 'courage' during a press conference on Tuesday just days after they blasted him from his initial response to the deadly wildfires

President Donald Trump thanked the California firefighters for their 'courage' during a press conference on Tuesday just days after they blasted him from his initial response to the deadly wildfires

President Donald Trump thanked the California firefighters for their ‘courage’ during a press conference on Tuesday just days after they blasted him from his initial response to the deadly wildfires

'We mourn for the lives lost and we pray for the victims of the California Wildfires,' the president said on Tuesday during a gathering for the Diwali holiday

'We mourn for the lives lost and we pray for the victims of the California Wildfires,' the president said on Tuesday during a gathering for the Diwali holiday

‘We mourn for the lives lost and we pray for the victims of the California Wildfires,’ the president said on Tuesday during a gathering for the Diwali holiday

On Monday, the president approved a Major Disaster Declaration for California to help ‘alleviate some of the suffering going on’ due to the deadly wildfires. 

‘Wanted to respond quickly in order to alleviate some of the incredible suffering going on,’ the president tweeted Monday evening.

‘I am with you all the way. God Bless all of the victims and families affected,’ he added. 

His remarks on both Monday and Tuesday come just days after he was criticized for his initial response to the wildfires. 

‘There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,’ Trump said in a series of tweets. 

‘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!’

Trump's remarks came just hours before the death toll from the California wildfires climbed to 50, making the Camp Fire the deadliest in United States history

Trump's remarks came just hours before the death toll from the California wildfires climbed to 50, making the Camp Fire the deadliest in United States history

Trump’s remarks came just hours before the death toll from the California wildfires climbed to 50, making the Camp Fire the deadliest in United States history

On Monday, the president approved a Major Disaster Declaration for California to help 'alleviate some of the suffering going on' due to the deadly wildfires

On Monday, the president approved a Major Disaster Declaration for California to help 'alleviate some of the suffering going on' due to the deadly wildfires

On Monday, the president approved a Major Disaster Declaration for California to help ‘alleviate some of the suffering going on’ due to the deadly wildfires

The president followed up that tweet with another: ‘With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California. Get Smart!’ 

Following those tweets, the California Professional Firefighters issued a statement in response. 

The organization’s president, Brian K. Rice said in the statement that Trump’s tweets ‘attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic fires is Ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines’. 

‘At a time when our every effort should be focused on vanquishing the destructive fires and helping the victims, the president has chosen instead to issue an uninformed political threat aimed squarely at the innocent victims of these cataclysmic fires,’ Rice said. 

Rice said Trump’s initial remarks were a ‘shameful attack on California’ and on ‘all our courageous men and women on the front lines’.

‘At this moment, thousands of our brother and sister firefighters are putting their lives on the line to protect the lives and property of thousands. Some of them are doing so even as their own homes lay in ruins,’ Rice added. 

Trump was criticized for his initial response to the raging wildfires on Saturday (pictured)

Trump was criticized for his initial response to the raging wildfires on Saturday (pictured)

Trump was criticized for his initial response to the raging wildfires on Saturday (pictured)

The president followed up that tweet with another: 'With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California. Get Smart!'

The president followed up that tweet with another: 'With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California. Get Smart!'

The president followed up that tweet with another: ‘With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California. Get Smart!’

Following those tweets, the California Professional Firefighters issued a statement in response. A firefighter is seen battling a fire along the Ronald Reagan 118 Freeway 

Following those tweets, the California Professional Firefighters issued a statement in response. A firefighter is seen battling a fire along the Ronald Reagan 118 Freeway 

Following those tweets, the California Professional Firefighters issued a statement in response. A firefighter is seen battling a fire along the Ronald Reagan 118 Freeway 

The organization's president, Brian K. Rice said in a statement that Trump's tweets were a 'shameful attack on California' and on 'all our courageous men and women on the front lines'

The organization's president, Brian K. Rice said in a statement that Trump's tweets were a 'shameful attack on California' and on 'all our courageous men and women on the front lines'

The organization’s president, Brian K. Rice said in a statement that Trump’s tweets were a ‘shameful attack on California’ and on ‘all our courageous men and women on the front lines’

Harold Schaitberger, the General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, also criticized Trump’s comments on Saturday.

Schaitberger said in a statement that Trump’s remarks were ‘irresponsible, reckless and insulting’.

‘The early moments of fires such as these are a critical time, when lives are lost, entire communities are wiped off the map and our members are injured or killed trying to stop these monstrous wildfires,’ Schaitberger said. 

‘To minimize the crucial, life-saving work being done and to make crass suggestions such as cutting off funding during a time of crisis shows a troubling lack of real comprehension about the disaster at hand and the dangerous job our fire fighters do.’

Trump was also criticized by several celebrities, including John Legend, Katy Perry (pictured) and Axl Rose

Trump was also criticized by several celebrities, including John Legend, Katy Perry (pictured) and Axl Rose

Trump was also criticized by several celebrities, including John Legend, Katy Perry (pictured) and Axl Rose

The statewide total of deaths from wildfires is now at 44, including two people who died inside a car in Malibu while trying to flee the Woolsey fire over the weekend

The statewide total of deaths from wildfires is now at 44, including two people who died inside a car in Malibu while trying to flee the Woolsey fire over the weekend

The statewide total of deaths from wildfires is now at 44, including two people who died inside a car in Malibu while trying to flee the Woolsey fire over the weekend

Trump was also criticized by several celebrities, including John Legend, Katy Perry and Axl Rose.

‘This is an absolutely heartless response. There aren’t even politics involved. Just good American families losing their homes as you tweet, evacuating into shelters,’ Perry tweeted. 

She was followed by Legend, who tweeted: ‘Our National Embarrassment can’t bring himself to show some empathy to Californians dealing with a horrific disaster.’

Rose responded to Trump by calling the president a ‘demented n’ truly pathetic individual’.

The statewide total of deaths from wildfires is now at 50, including two people who died inside a car in Malibu while trying to flee the Woolsey fire over the weekend. 

The death toll in Paradise alone is now 48. 

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