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published : 2023-08-24

Will Congress Investigate Biden's Handling of Maui Wildfires? McCarthy Suggests So

McCarthy's Impassioned Call for Scrutiny Over President Biden's 'No comment' Response on Maui Fires

A closeup of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy standing at a press conference, a look of concern on his face as he discusses the Maui fires. His gaze seems to be far away, indicating his deep contemplation on the matter. Taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

America's Newsroom recently welcomed DNC advocate Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., sharing her insights on President Biden's handling of the disastrous Maui fires and his overall economic policies.

The nation's attention was drawn to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy who demanded an investigation into the Biden administration's response towards the wildfires on Wednesday.

Putting his apprehensions into words, McCarthy confessed, 'We saw the devastation that happened in Maui…I'm very concerned about the response.'

At a press conference held in the district of Rep. Brandon Williams, R-N.Y., McCarthy expressed his concern over the hundreds of individuals still missing and wondered aloud if a congressional investigation was needed — examining the response on Maui and how so many Americans could be lost.

McCarthy's critical eye didn't spare President Biden, picking apart his refusal to comment on the wildfires while leaving a Delaware beach earlier this month.

A dramatic shot of the Maui wildfires' aftermath; a backdrop of charred trees and smoky haze as search and rescue workers tirelessly sift through debris. It highlights the scale and severity of the incident. Taken with Nikon D850.

As McCarthy expressed his disapproval, stating, 'The president's response, no comment. That's unacceptable,' he suggested a potential congressional investigation, insisting on examining the unfortunate circumstances to ensure history doesn't repeat itself.

The White House, at the time of reporting, didn't instantly respond to requests for elaboration.

Pictures of devastation are still fresh as search and rescue members conducted operations in the fire-damaged regions last Friday in Lahania, Hawaii.

With the death toll still rising from the Maui fires, humanity grapples with the deadliest wildfire in modern U.S history.

Alongside First Lady Jill Biden, President Biden set foot on Maui once more on the past Monday, witnessing the sorrow-filled devastation that resulted in over 110 fatalities and hundreds missing.

A heartfelt image of President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, holding hands as they survey the devastated landscape of Maui. The expression on their faces reflects their shared sorrow over the tragic incident. Taken with Sony Alpha 7R IV.

Critics were quick to point out the administration's initial slow response to the disaster during Biden's visit, although FEMA reported over 1,000 federal personnel currently active on the ground in Maui after the fires first ignited on August 8.

Biden's comments at his visit were deemed 'tone-dead' by Maui residents, as he compared the wildfires hemorrhaging the heart of the island to a 'small fire that was contained to the kitchen' at his home in Delaware.

As the First couple tread carefully through the fire-ravaged areas of Lahaina, Hawaii, Biden seemingly drew comparison between his personal loss and the collective sorrow of the island's inhabitants stating, 'I don’t want to compare difficulties, but we have a little sense, Jill and I, of what it was like to lose a home.'

Momentarily venturing off-topic, Biden reminisced a past event, 'Years ago now, 15 years, I was in Washington doing ‘Meet the Press’…lightning struck at home on a little lake outside the home, not a lake, a big pond. It hit the wire and came up underneath our home.'

He concluded with a personal anecdote, 'To make a long story short, I almost lost my wife, my '67 Corvette, and my cat.'