Marlon Wayans tells us Donald Trump should feel right at home at the scene of the destructive California wildfires. because the comedian thinks the President is "the devil". Numerous locals, often holding children, watched the scene from behind surgical masks, looking like specters from an apocalypse.
His remarks come as fire officials confirm the death toll has risen to 74 people statewide, after deputies found eight more bodies on Friday.
The outbreak of the Camp Fire coincided with a series of smaller blazes in southern California, most notably the Woolsey Fire, which is linked to three fatalities and has destroyed at least 500 structures near the Malibu coast west of Los Angeles.
The Camp and Woolsey fires are around 55% and 88% contained, respectively. "We are working around the clock to try and help them".
But on this trip, all the impressive choreography of SUVs and armored limos, support vans, bodyguards and traveling journalists was instantly eclipsed by the helplessness of the authorities in the face of such merciless natural forces.
There was little this most voluble of presidents could say or do - except to listen.
Trump said in the interview that he could keep her on, but he made clear that he wished she would be tougher in implementing his hard-line immigration policies and enforcing border security.
Much of the rescue work is now focused on Paradise, where many retirees were unable to get out in time.
Among the blackened trunks of evergreens here in Paradise, signs of the fire's devastation were everywhere: tangled power lines on the ground; the charred rubble of washing machines and contorted metal of bed frames; a parking lot full of the skeletons of burned cars. - Jhonathan Clark was speechless, with his hands on his head he began to walk through the sea of rubble in which his house in Paradise became, a village massacred by fire. He was hunting for his brother, sister-in-law and nephew.
Accompanied by Gov. Jerry Brown, Gov. -elect Gavin Newsom, California Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long, the president shook hands with greeters on the tarmac.
Trump, a defiant climate change skeptic, and Brown a firm believer in a trend confirmed by almost all serious scientists, were never going to resolve their differences.
"Where Californians have spent days engulfed in toxic wildfire smoke, incoming rain and wind will offer dramatic relief later next week", said AccuWeather Meteorologist and air quality blogger Faith Eherts. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. It's like total devastation", Mr Trump said as he stood amid the ruins of Paradise.
Before returning to Washington, Trump met briefly at an airport hangar with families and first responders touched by the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks more than a week ago, which left 12 dead in what Trump called "a terrible, awful event".
Trump left the media behind, talking privately with first responders who worked during the bloodshed and with families of victims.
Still, she said that if she met him, she would say, "Think about what you're saying, because it takes away from all the good stuff you're doing". "We just hugged them and we kissed them - and everybody". "This has been a tough day when you look at all the death from one place to the next".