Butte County Residents React to President Trump's Visit to the North State

The Camp Fire not only created a local and a state-wide crisis response, but federal assistance as well when President Trump visited Butte County.

Posted: Nov. 19, 2018 4:45 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Camp Fire not only created a local and a state-wide crisis response, but federal assistance as well when President Trump visited Butte County.

The President arrived in Butte County on Saturday, Nov. 17, his motorcade passing through areas of Butte County, including Chico. 

There were mixed emotions about President Trump's visit to Chico and Paradise. Action News Now anchor Lauren Martinez spoke with some locals in the area that were excited to be close to the President.

"I mean with everything going on in our community and with everything going on our town, and our part of the world, to have the President come here and see what's going on and showing that he cares, showing that he's here for the people," said Odeh Hijazeen, a local attorney in Chico. "Being able to see him in person, or at least the motorcade, it's not an everyday event. It's just something really really special. I recently went to the white house and toured D.C., it's just something that doesn't happen everyday."

However, others in the area didn't share the same response, following a tweet from the President the week before threatening to withhold federal funding for forest management in California. 

"It breaks my heart to see so many of our resources to move this process forward are being dedicated to the visit of a politician who chastised us in the first place," said David Coffee, a resident in the Centerville area. "There are thousands of people living in my position, living in anxiety. We don't know if our homes are standing and those resources are dedicated to him coming here and kicking some ashes for a photo-op. That hurts." 

The President's visit to areas affected by the Camp Fire on Saturday reinforced the notion that federal help is on the way. 

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