Opinion: Devastating California wildfires met with exemplary bipartisanship
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - California is burning. At least 40 people have died and more than 300 are missing as a result of the wildfires destroying northern California.
These images are not of a war-ravaged country or remains after a bomb blast. They are of what used to be parts of California’s wine country.
There was a lot of deserved attention to the impact and aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
The fires engulfing Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and other counties in northern California have been extremely devastating as well.
Thankfully, we have seen politicians from different sides of the aisle come together in response to the wildfires.
The president last week approved a disaster declaration for California. He also spoke with the governor of California Jerry Brown, a well-known Democrat and critic of the president’s.
"I spoke with Gov. Brown last night to know that the federal government will stand with people of California and be there with you in this time of terrible tragedy and need," Trump said at the White House Tuesday at an event welcoming the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom stated that the federal government has not played politics over this disaster. California Congressman Mike Thompson praised the federal government’s response as extremely fast. Both are California Democrats.
Here is the bottom line today: for all of the talk about how divided we are as a country, i am thankful that in terrible instances such as this one, we are able to come together. The wildfires in California will subside, and hopefully very, very soon. My sincere hope is that our commonality in difficult times never goes away.