President Joe Biden faced questions about the escalating death toll resulting from the devastating fires in Hawaii during a visit to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Bloomberg’s White House reporter, Justin Sink, tweeted that when asked about the situation, Biden responded with a terse “No comment” before leaving the beach and returning home.
Video footage of the interaction later circulated, showing a reporter asking, “Any comment on the rising death toll in Maui?” to which Biden replied, “No.
Biden had spent the weekend at his beach home and returned to the White House on Monday morning.
Critics highlighted his lack of public engagement on the matter, noting that his recent social media posts mostly focused on other topics.
The last time Biden mentioned the fires in Hawaii was on August 10, when he offered condolences to those affected by the wildfires.
The wildfires in Maui have resulted in a tragic loss of life, with at least 96 confirmed deaths and over 1,000 individuals still unaccounted for.
The fires, ignited amid strong winds brought by Hurricane Dora, have devastated parts of the region, including the historic city of Lahaina.
The estimated damage stands at over $5 billion, making these wildfires the deadliest in modern U.S. history..