Trump Asked About His Golf Course During Hurricane Florence Visit

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 20, 2018

Lisa Shackleford hugs her pet dogs Izzy and Bella as she wades through flood waters to safety while the Northeast Cape Fear River breaks its banks in the aftermath Hurricane Florence in Burgaw, North Carolina, Sept. 17, 2018.

President Donald Trump travels to flood-ravaged North Carolina today to assess the federal response to Hurricane Florence, which drenched the state last week. "And, of course, people have lost their homes".

A auto sits in a flooded parking lot at an apartment complex near the Cape Fear River as it continues to rise in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Fayetteville, Sept. 18, 2018.

In North Carolina, thousands are still staying in shelters after Florence touched down as a hurricane.

To the south, daybreak brought a return of floodwaters to Nichols, S.C., which also was inundated by Hurricane Matthew two years ago.

Trump told the victims "America grieves with you" and "we're with you all the way".

Trump spoke briefly about the "epic" flooding and promised to throw all the money at North Carolina as soon as possible.

The Cape Fear River, the largest in the state, crested this morning at over 60 feet. "We're going to be there for this disaster".

Trump was joined by U.S. Sens.

McMaster joked that if someone were looking for water or rain, "you've come to the right place".

"Despite persistent and ongoing efforts, floodwater rose rapidly and the deputies were unable to open the doors to reach the individuals inside the van", the police statement said, according to the Greenville News. "So our problem has not been with the wind and the rain hitting us, but with the rain that is still here".

With residents still recovering from torrential rains that left widespread destruction and injury, Trump visited both North and SC, distributed meals at a church, walked amid piles of sodden furniture in damaged neighborhoods, offered hugs and handshakes to residents and discussed the response efforts with local and state officials.

Charlotte Hornets President Fred Whitfield discusses how his organization and National Basketball Association legend Michael Jordan are helping victims affected by Hurricane Florence. Trump said 1.6 million meals have been provided in North Carolina and another 400,000 are ready for victims in SC.

And he was caught on camera telling a person to whom he had just handed food to "have a good time".

Both states have received significant federal assistance. The United States Army Corps of Engineers sent 136 engineers to install generators, FEMA had 1,000 workers on the ground to provide shelter and food to evacuees, and the Coast Guard sent 3,000 people and 87 aircraft for rescue missions.

According to the White House, nearly 20,000 federal employees were deployed to states affected by Hurricane Florence.

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