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USA: Trump to visit California as wildfire death toll rises to 7103:10

USA: Trump to visit California as wildfire death toll rises to 71

United States, Washington DC
November 17, 2018 at 22:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump said 'more people are missing than we ever thought possible' as he left the White House on Saturday morning to fly to California following the recent wildfires there.

The president added that forest management was a "very expensive issue but very, very inexpensive when you compare it to even one of these horrible fires."

Wildfires occur often in California but this year has seen a spate of particularly ferocious fires.

The 'Camp' wildfire, which started in the north of the state on November 8, has caused 71 deaths and destroyed over 10,000 structures, and is reportedly the most deadly and destructive blaze in California's history.

Over a thousand people are also reported as missing due to the conflagrations.

Responding to a question about his yet to be fulfilled campaign promise to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, Trump commented: "This would be a very good time to do a [government] shutdown" to obtain funding for the project, but added that he didn't think it would be "necessary" as he thinks the "Democrats will come to their senses."

He also dismissed allegations reported in the New York Times, that he has been questioning White House staff on the loyalty of Vice President Mike Pence, saying: "No I don't question his loyalty at all. He is 100 per cent loyal. It was a phoney story."

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US President Donald Trump said 'more people are missing than we ever thought possible' as he left the White House on Saturday morning to fly to California following the recent wildfires there.

The president added that forest management was a "very expensive issue but very, very inexpensive when you compare it to even one of these horrible fires."

Wildfires occur often in California but this year has seen a spate of particularly ferocious fires.

The 'Camp' wildfire, which started in the north of the state on November 8, has caused 71 deaths and destroyed over 10,000 structures, and is reportedly the most deadly and destructive blaze in California's history.

Over a thousand people are also reported as missing due to the conflagrations.

Responding to a question about his yet to be fulfilled campaign promise to build a wall on the US-Mexico border, Trump commented: "This would be a very good time to do a [government] shutdown" to obtain funding for the project, but added that he didn't think it would be "necessary" as he thinks the "Democrats will come to their senses."

He also dismissed allegations reported in the New York Times, that he has been questioning White House staff on the loyalty of Vice President Mike Pence, saying: "No I don't question his loyalty at all. He is 100 per cent loyal. It was a phoney story."

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