As the newest thread of California wildfire continue to burn and devastate the state, Queen Elizabeth has issued an official response to the tragedy.
Through the Buckingham Palace, the Queen released the following statement:
Prince Philip and I offer our deepest sympathies to the people of California, who continue to suffer from the devastating fires across the state.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims, and to all those who have lost their homes and livelihoods. I pay tribute to the courage and dedication of the US emergency services and the volunteers that have provided support.
– Elizabeth R
Although the statement itself seems to be focused at the victims of the fires, the issue is officially titled: “A message from The Queen to The President of The United States of America.” This is important, considering Donald Trump’s own, blunt response to the tragedy presently distressing thousands on the United States’ west coast.
In a number of controversial tweets last Saturday, November 11, Trump blamed the California forest management officials for the destructive wildfires and threatened to cut federal aid to the state to fight the issue.
“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” Trump tweeted. “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!”
“With proper Forest Management, we can stop the devastation constantly going on in California. Get smart!” Trump added in a follow-up tweet.
The dead tool increased to 76, in the Camp Fire in Northern California, while another 1,276 remain unaccounted for as of Saturday.
According to CBS News Reports, the Camp Fire is 55 percent controlled and has eaten up more than 149,000 acres.