Arnold Schwarzenegger visited firefighters trying to put out the Camp Fire in Butte County

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Schwarzenegger Visits Firefighters And Slams Trump In Butte County

KCBS Radio Midday News
November 21, 2018 - 12:36 pm

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made a surprise visit to firefighters battling the deadly blaze burning across Butte County and criticzed President Trump for his comments about the fire. 

Schwarzenegger served breakfast and offered encouragement to crews in a series of tweets on Wednesday morning.  

"There's one thing that's most important that I've seen and that is the spirit of America," said Schwarzenegger as he stood outside the ruins of a retirement home in Paradise. "How everyone comes together here and everyone is helping everybody...That is what makes us the greatest country in the world." 

While speaking to firefighters, he rebuked Trump for saying that poor forest management was responsible for the deadliest and most destructive fire in California's history. 

"You are tough to not only fight the fires, but you are tough to listen to all this crap," Schwarzenegger said, according to the Associated Press

The former bodybuilder and actor said he was in Budapest, Hungary when he first heard that the Camp Fire had leveled the town of Paradise.

Officials have said that at least 81 people were killed and more than 18,000 buildings destroyed in the fire.