President Trump: ‘We Will Be 100%’ With Hurricane Florence Victims
Wednesday, President Donald Trump sought to offer comfort to families who suffered losses in Hurricane Florence, declaring “America grieves for you” as he arrived in North Carolina to survey damage left by the powerful storm.
President Trump pledged to be with storm victims “100 percent” as they recover from Florence, which dumped torrential rains and caused heavy flooding that has required a massive recovery effort by state, federal and local officials.
The White House issued a statement Wednesday afternoon praising FEMA’s efforts and outlining what is being done.
The president traveled south Wednesday as the region continues to grapple with the aftermath of a storm that North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said was “epic.” The death toll has climbed to at least 37 in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia since Florence made landfall on Friday.
At the President’s 1st stop, he was briefed by Governor Cooper at the Marine Corps air station that sits among areas hardest hit by Florence. The Governor asked for help “cutting Red tape” to get his state the federal assistance it will need to recover. He noted that farmers suffered significant losses and scores of people lost their homes. Some 10,000 people remain in shelters.
“We will be there 100%,” said President Trump, wearing a wind breaker and khaki pants, seated inside a hangar with federal and state officials. “All of the folks from the federal government that are around the table are confirming it.”
President Trump praised 1st responders and offered comfort to residents who suffered losses in the storm, saying: “To the families who have lost loved ones, America grieves with you, and our hearts break for you. God bless you. We will never forget your loss, we will never leave your side. We’re with you all the way.”
“And to all those impacted by this terrible storm, our entire American family is with you and ready to help. And you will recover,” he said.
In North Carolina roads remain treacherous. “I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won’t end,” Governor Cooper said.
Mindful of the recurring criticism, President Trump defended the administration’s response to Florence on Twitter Tuesday, predicting Democrats will eventually look to criticize the efforts for political reasons.
“Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence and they are 100% correct,” President Trump said. “But don’t be fooled, at some point in the near future the Democrats will start ranting that FEMA, our Military, and our First Responders, who are all unbelievable, are a disaster and not doing a good job. This will be a total lie, but that’s what they do, and everybody knows it!”
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