On Saturday, when the president visited the town of Paradise, which has been badly ravaged by the deadly Camp Fire, he mistakenly called the town “Pleasure” — twice.
Trump remarked that until one surveys the destruction in person, it is impossible to truly understand “the gravity” of the wildfires.
“I mean, as big as they look on the tube, you don’t see what’s going on until you come here. And what we saw at Pleasure, what a name, right now,” he said, before repeating his mistake again in a matter of seconds.
“We just left Pleasure,” he continued, before California Gov. Jerry Brown — who looked uncomfortable with the mistake — and others around him corrected the president, interjecting that the town is called “Paradise.”
Without apologizing for his error, Trump continued with his speech.
“Or Paradise. And what we just saw in Paradise is just — you know, it’s just not acceptable,” he remarked.
As of Monday, the Camp Fire — California’s most deadly and destructive fire in history — remains only 66 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. The death toll from the blaze has increased to 77, according to a press release from the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. The majority of the victims are from the town of Paradise.
In addition, the number of missing people is now 993.
Cal Fire has predicted that the blaze will not be fully contained until Nov. 30. The fire first broke out on Nov. 8.
The president’s error quickly drew criticism online, with many social media users slamming Trump for seemingly not paying close attention to the tragic situation.
“Trump couldn’t even remember the name PARADISE yesterday,” wrote one outraged social media user. “You are the biggest joke as a ‘leader’ @realDonaldTrump.”
“Proving once again that Trump just flew to California for a photo op, he calls the town that was completely destroyed the wrong name TWICE. It’s not ‘Pleasure’, it’s ‘Paradise.’ 76 dead, almost 1300 missing and over 2,600 are homeless. Learn the damn name, Trump,” added another.
Trump couldn’t even remember the name PARADISE yesterday.— Taylor (@Taylor_holmess) November 18, 2018
You are the biggest joke as a “leader” @realDonaldTrump
Proving once again that Trump just flew to California for a photo op, he calls the town that was completely destroyed the wrong name TWICE. It’s not ‘Pleasure’, it’s ‘Paradise.’ 76 dead, almost 1300 missing and over 2,600 are homeless. Learn the damn name, Trump.— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) November 18, 2018
#Trump calls #fire #ravaged #Paradise “Pleasure” twice! Obviously, he has been paying full attention to this #deadly #ParadiseFire No compassion. Will NOT VOTE FOR YOU IN 2020! https://t.co/l17QzSDvuu— RealtorAmyWebb (@Amyebaby1968) November 19, 2018
I just viewed the video segment were Trump gaffed, not once, but twice in saying the city of Paradise, California as “Pleasure” in which he visited to see it’s destruction. And Jerry Brown & Gavin Newsome had to correct him. Unbelievable! ??????????????— Pablo Kutter (@Mossimo77) November 18, 2018
“You look at other countries where they do it differently and it’s a whole different story,” he said on Saturday, according to press pool video. Trump went on to recall a conversation he had with the president of Finland, who described the country as “a forest nation.”
“They spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things and they don’t have any problem,” Trump added.
The president also referenced Finland’s style of forest management during an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, where Trump added that while climate change “maybe” contributed to the fires, “the big problem we have is management.”
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