Trump visits Louisiana, Obama plans for Tuesday

Republican nominee Donald Trump visited the state destroyed by flooding on Friday. Rival Clinton has no plans to visit the ravaged state.

Rachel Kaplan ,

Donald Trump visits Louisiana flood victims at
Donald Trump visits Louisiana flood victims at
Reuters

On Friday, Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump,together with running mate Mike Pence, landed in Louisiana to support the flooded residents and to see the devastation for himself.

Fox News reports that among the many families Trump met with, he stopped at the ruined home of Jimmy and Olive Gordan of Denham Springs.Gordan told Trump he spent his 79th birthday on the roof of his house.

After heavy rains, Louisiana has been suffering from torrential flooding which killed 13, and destroyed more than 40,000 homes.

"I just don't know what we'll do," Gordan told Trump.

"You're going to rebuild,” Trump hugged the man. “It's going to be so beautiful."

The candidate also met with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. Perkins, whose own home was flooded, says he wants Trump to "let the country know" about the extent of the damage.

Neither US president Barack Obama nor Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have visited the state since the historic-level flooding began. Despite calls by the Louisiana Advocate for the president to cut his New England vacation short and visit "the most anguished state in the union," the president will not make it to Baton Rouge until Tuesday.

For her part, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton phoned Governor John Bel Edwards, and posted on Facebook that her "heart breaks for Louisiana." Clinton announced she does not intend to visit the devastation, out of concern that it would be a "distraction."

Edwards, the Democratic governor of the state, said ahead of Trump's visit that Trump is welcome, "but not for a photo-op."

Edwards' spokesman Richard Carbo said in a statement that "we hope he'll consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of this storm. "



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