President Donald Trump on Saturday toured areas hit by Hurricane Laura in Louisiana and Texas where the Category 4 storm slammed the Gulf Coast, leaving at least 16 dead and wreaking havoc with severe winds and flooding in both states.  Trump received briefings on emergency operations and relief efforts.   

His first stop was in Lake Charles, Louisiana, a city of abouth 80,000.  Trump signed a disaster declaration for Louisiana on Friday.  Trump was joined by Gov. John Bel Edwards and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, and then toured a neighborhood making his way down a street blocked by felled trees and where houses were battered by the storm, one with its entire roof torn off.

Edwards has said Laura was the most powerful hurricane ever to strike his state, surpassing even Hurricane Katrina, which was a Category 3 when it hit almost exactly 15 years ago.

“Whether you come from Louisiana or 5th Avenue In New York, you know about Katrina,” Trump said.  “One thing I know about this state, it rebuilds fast,” Trump added.  

The president then flew by helicopter to the nearby city of Orange, Texas, which was the worst-hit area in the state. Several hundred supporters greeted his arrival with Trump 2020 flags, banners and signs. Among the officials on hand to meet him there were Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. 

Before a tour by air over damaged areas, Trump and other officials visited the emergency operations center in Orange County to discuss storm damage and the government response. 

At a briefing, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he believed the state got through Laura without spreading Covid-19.  “You are helping Texas to rebuild,” Trump told the governor. 

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Kristi Ann
2 years ago

Hallelujah and Amen too Donald Trump!!