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Hawaii lawmaker hammers Biden’s ‘slap in the face’ to Maui

A Hawaii state lawmaker on Friday slammed President Biden’s recent trip to the devastated island of Maui, telling Fox News that locals saw his comments as a “slap in the face,” criticizing him for routinely “butchering” official’s names and appearing to fall asleep during a memorial for fire victims.

Hawaii House Minority Floor Leader Diamond Garcia, R-Oahu, said the community is still reeling from the fires that left more than 100 dead and the city of Lahaina leveled.

Garcia told “Hannity” that Mauians could not believe Biden’s “no comment” response to reporters when he was first asked about the fires while vacationing in Sussex County, Del.

“The fact is the president came to Hawaii some time after the fires burnt down the entire town of Lahaina. And when he came, he came for less than 6 hours,” Garcia recounted.

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“I’m one of the few ‘red’ members here, but we’re a blue state. And the president couldn’t even come to a blue state and offer true federal support.”

Responding to Biden’s handling of another disaster zone, East Palestine Ohio Republican Mayor Trent Conaway told “Hannity” that he has faced a similar lack of urgency from the president; months after a Norfolk-Southern derailment created a long-term toxic situation in Columbiana County, Ohio and Beaver County, Pa.

Conaway said that if Biden, at this later date, still decides to visit the recovering community, he will be “welcomed,” but it would be noted that he is then “a little too late.”

“He has promised that he will be here, but, you know, nobody’s holding their breaths.”

Charles Creitz is a reporter for Fox News Digital. 

He joined Fox News in 2013 as a writer and production assistant. 

Charles covers media, politics and culture for Fox News Digital.

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