Donald Trump was called to help out nearly 200,000 people who had to evacuate from northern California as the risk of catastrophic flooding looms. The Oroville Dam is on the brink of overflowing and collapsing. Governor Jerry Brown sent a request on February 10 to the White House, asking the Donald Trump Administration to issue a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration.
It’s been three days since the request was sent and Donald Trump has yet to respond.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “A major disaster declaration provides a wide range of federal assistance programs for individuals and public infrastructure, including funds for both emergency and permanent work.”
But, what has Trump been doing the past three days that he can’t respond to an imminent disaster? Well, besides his meeting with Japanese leader, Shinzo Abe, Trump used three million taxpayer dollars to take yet another trip to his Mar-A-Lago resort to play some golf and used up a bunch of his time picking feuds with Marc Cuban and Nordstrom over Twitter, which Trump seems to consider more important than the lives of 200,000 people.
The funds were originally requested to help clean up the state after torrential rains caused $162 million in damages, but the impending disaster in Oroville adds a new level of urgency to the request.
How long will Trump take to respond? Will he respond at all?