President Biden Travels West to Survey Wildfire Damage and Help Gavin Newsom

US president Joe Biden is about to board Air Force One Boeing 747 airplane after the US – Russia summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP, Pool)


(CNN) – President Joe Biden on Monday will survey wildfire damage on the West Coast and argue recent extreme weather events underscore the urgency of his economic agenda and making investments in the nation’s infrastructure to combat the climate crisis, a White House official told CNN.

“During the trip, President Biden will see firsthand the significant physical, human, and economic costs of the wildfires,” the official said. “As one in three Americans are impacted by the increasing frequency of ferocity of extreme weather events, he will reiterate the message he shared on the east coast last week: the climate crisis is a code red.”

The official continued: “He will make clear that these extreme weather events require bold, ambitious, and decisive action — now.”

Biden’s trip on Monday will be his first official trip to the West Coast as president. He will first travel to Boise, Idaho, where he will receive a briefing from federal and state fire agency officials and visit the National Interagency Fire Center.

The President will then travel to Mather, California, where he will receive a briefing from local, state, and federal emergency response personnel on the impacts of recent wildfires and survey damage from the Caldor Fire by taking an aerial tour of El Dorado County.

The President will deliver remarks on his administration’s response to recent wildfires and make the case for his twin economic proposals and specifically how they would strengthen the nation’s resilience to the climate crisis and extreme weather events.

In the evening, Biden will then travel to Long Beach, California, and deliver remarks at a campaign rally with Governor Gavin Newsom ahead of Tuesday’s recall election. Newsom is attempting to stave off a Republican-backed effort to oust him, which is motivated in part by anger toward his pandemic restrictions.

Listen below as The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro is joined by ABC White House Correspondent Karen Travers previews President Biden’s trip to Idaho and California to monitor recent wildfire damage and also to help Governor Newsom with his recall election.

KGO Political Analyst Gary Dietrich updates The Morning Show with Nikki Medoro on how close the California Gubernatorial Recall election really is, speculating on if President Biden’s visit to California will make a difference for Gavin Newsom.

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