The Bidens met with local officials, first responders, and island elders, and pledged to respect the sacred lands and traditions during the rebuilding process.
They were greeted by mixed reactions from the locals. Despite criticism for his initial response to the crisis, the white house confirmed that Biden remained in close contact with emergency officials. Approximately 85 percent of the affected area had been searched as of Sunday, and nearly 2 thousand people are still without power and 10 thousand without telecommunication connections.
Biden has appointed Bob Fenton from the Federal Emergency Management agency as the federal response coordinator. FEMA has reportedly distributed more than 8.5 million Dollars to around 8 thousand affected families, including 3.6 million Dollars in rental assistance.