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Biden Says Federal Government Will Help Maui “For As Long as It Takes” To Recover From Wildfire

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday told survivors of Hawaii’s wildfires that the nation “grieves with you” and promised that the federal government will help “for as long as it takes” Maui to recover from damage caused by the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century.

Biden arrived in Maui 13 days after fire ravaged the western part of the island, killing at least 115 people. Standing near a severely burned 150-year-old banyan tree, the president acknowledged the “overwhelming” devastation but said that Maui would persevere through the tragedy.

Today it’s burned but it’s still standing," Biden said of the tree. "The tree survived for a reason. I believe it's a very powerful symbol of what we can and will do to get through this crisis.”

Biden and first lady Jill Biden got a close-up look at the devastation, seeing block after block of hollowed out homes and other structures, charred cars, singed trees and piles of debris as his motorcade wound through Lahaina. They spent most of their time in the historic town of 13,000 people that was virtually destroyed by the flames.

The Bidens lingered briefly on the tarmac after arriving at Kahului Airport to console Hawaii Gov. Josh Green, his wife Jaime Green and members of Hawaii's congressional delegation who greeted them. The president and first lady embraced each of their greeters before they boarded the Marine One helicopter for an aerial tour of the damage.



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  • Peter Karanga

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    Great work mr president

    • Edwin wangombe

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      This is a good thing to do... At the same time prevention is better than cure so there should be measures in place to curb this wildfires

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      • George Kariuki

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        President Biden is doing a great job!

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        • Hilda Wangui

          47 w

          Doing great work Biden

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          • We Don't Have Time

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            • Edwin wangombe

              47 w

              This is commendable...

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              • johnte ndeto

                47 w

                This is a nice challenge and Maui should take it heads on

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                • Kevin

                  47 w

                  The commitment here is without doubt admirable

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                  • winnie nguru

                    47 w

                    This is a great commitment

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                    • Elizabeth Gathigia

                      47 w

                      Biden is doing a great job

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                      • bonke reinhard

                        47 w

                        Biden's Administration is doing great work

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                        • Grace Njeri

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                          Thanks Biden for your big heart.

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                          • CHRIS NGATIA

                            47 w

                            This is so great

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                            • Ajema Lydiah

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                              great relief

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