Trump Surveys Wildfire Damage in CA: ‘Nobody Would’ve Ever Thought This Could Have Happened’

President Donald Trump briefly spoke to reporters in Paradise, California this afternoon as he and state officials surveyed the wildfire damage.

Trump praised the law enforcement response and said, “This is very sad to see. As far as the lives are concerned, nobody knows quite yet… We have a lot of people that aren’t accounted for.”

“To see what’s happened here,” the President said, “nobody would’ve ever thought this could have happened.”

Trump, of course, blamed forest mismanagement in a tweet last week, which led to widespread condemnation. Today he was asked by a reporter if there’s any way to prevent this from happening again.

“We have to do management, maintenance, and we will be working also with environmental groups,” Trump said. “I think everybody’s seen the light and I don’t think we’ll have this again to this extent. We’ll have to work quickly, but a lot of people are very much––there’s been a lot of study going on in the last little while and I will say I think you’re going to have, hopefully, this is gonna be the last of these, because this was a really, really bad one.”

You can watch above, via CNN.

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