03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

White House Now Says Bush Will Visit California After Saying It Would Be "Premature"

The White House backtracked on an earlier statement made Tuesday that President Bush would not visit fire-ravaged southern California.

According to an Associate Press article published this afternoon, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino told the press:

President Bush declared a federal emergency for seven counties, a move that will speed disaster-relief efforts. But White House press secretary Dana Perino said it was "very premature" to talk on Tuesday about a presidential stop in the region.

"All of us across this nation are concerned for the families who have lost their homes and the many families who have been evacuated from their homes," Bush said Tuesday. "We send the help of the federal government."

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Later Tuesday afternoon Reuters published an article that included Perino's annoucement that Bush would go to survey the fire damage on Thursday:

President George W. Bush will visit fire-ravaged southern California on Thursday to get a close-up look at the damage and emergency efforts, the White House said on Tuesday.

"The president wants to travel to California to witness first-hand what the people there are going through with these wildfires," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

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