‘Whatever we have to do at the federal level, we will do’: Trump promises that ‘everybody’ hit by Florence will be taken care of after ‘epic’ floods as he prepares to spend the day touring storm-ravaged North Carolina

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
By Paul Martin

President Trump made video praising emergency services for Florence response
But he was also mocked for a poor choice of words after saying the hurricane was ‘one of the wettest we have seen from the standpoint of water’
Trump also used the opportunity to hit out at the Democrats, saying they will inevitably criticize the government response but ‘this will be a lie’
North Carolina governor told evacuees not to return home yet as water may rise

19 September 2018

President Trump is spending the day touring storm-ravaged areas in North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

The president departed the White House this morning with senior aides and arrived in North Carolina in Air Force One an hour later, where he was greeted on the tarmac by local officials.

A photo of the president on board the plane that his social media director shared to Twitter shows the president conferring en route with the state’s senators, his Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and others.

At the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, Trump stressed that the flooding had been pretty extensive, even though it’s quite sunny.

‘Some of the flooding is actually epic. Hard to believe,’ he said.

Trump praised first repsonders and promised to take care of ‘everybody’ affected by the storm. ‘Unfortunately the money will be a lot, but it’s going to come as fast as you need it,’ he pledged.

‘We’ve done a real job, and we’ll continue to do a real job,’ Trump said, sitting alongside Nielsen and FEMA Administrator Brock Long. He declared: ‘Whatever we have to do at the federal level, we will do.’

Rory Cooper, the governor of the state, told the president that thousands of homes are powerless and the rebuilding effort will take time, despite North Carolina’s strong economy.

Cooper said a storm like Florence was ‘never seen’ before in North Carolina, complicating the response.

‘It is a storm like no other,’ he said. ‘We’ve got a long road ahead, in the days in the months and even the years ahead to make sure we build back where we were in North Carolina.’

He told the president that he will need his help to cut through the ‘red tape’ of the government to get the resources that residents of his state need.

‘I know that we can come back stronger than ever, but we’re going to need your help,’ he told him.

Trump told him that ‘there will be nothing left undone’ although it will probably be a ‘rough two weeks.’

‘We’ll have it all taken care of,’ he said.

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