'No comment': Biden at beach as Maui death toll mounts

By Jen Krausz on
 August 15, 2023

President Joe Biden spent Sunday afternoon on the beach and said "no comment" to a Bloomberg reporter who asked him about the rising death toll in last week's Maui wildfires.

“After a couple hours on the Rehoboth beach, @potus was asked about the rising death toll in Hawaii,” Justin Sink posted on X. “‘No comment,’ he said before heading home.”

The Messenger columnist Joe Concha added his comment on Biden's seeming apathy toward the situation in Maui, in which a wind-whipped fire burned nearly the entire city of Lahaina to the ground on August 8.

“You have to go back 25 [tweets] to see anything regarding Maui. The president is at his beach house in Delaware, where he just gave a ‘no comment’ to a reporter asking about Maui. Stunning,” he posted.

There have been 99 confirmed deaths from the fires, but over 1,000 people are still missing with most of the burned buildings still unsearched.

Hawaii Governor Josh Green (D) predicted that the death toll could double in the next 10 days, making it the deadliest wildfire in more than 100 years. “It is a tragedy beyond tragedies,” he told CNN.