Donald Trump and Mike Pence are in Louisiana, touring the areas that were devastated by historic floods the past week. It’s an odd move for Trump, who usually doesn’t care about anyone besides himself.
Well, the governor of Louisiana feels similar. Gov. John Bel Edwards said he is okay with Trump visiting his state, but not if it just for a photo-op. Edwards said, “We welcome him to LA but not for a photo-op. Instead we hope he’ll consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of the storm.”
Edwards office told reporters the governor had not received a call from Trump about a visit. Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, are expected to tour flooded areas on Friday. At least 13 people have died as a result of the flooding, which has damaged about 40,000 homes. Rains that started last Thursday have dumped more than 2.5 feet of water on parts of the state, according to Reuters.
President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Louisiana on Sunday, but he’s been criticized for not visiting flooded areas, instead remaining on vacation with his family in Martha’s Vineyard. But Edwards defended the president’s handling of the situation, saying he’d prefer Obama wait “a week or two” to visit because a presidential visit requires road blocks and ties up local police and first responders.
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