Trump gets firsthand look at Hurricane Florence distress

James Marshall
September 20, 2018

It was beached in a resident's back yard.

Behind the house was a large boat, which had washed up near the man's property.

Trump returned his gaze to the vessel, which was white with brown accents and balanced at a precarious, accidental angle.

"It's getting a little frustrating, but you have to deal with it and roll with the punches", said Roberta Keithley, 73.

The Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina estimated up to 57 million kilograms of tobacco leaf could be damaged by flooding, winds and power outages, an amount that could translate to as much as $350 million U.S. in lost farm revenue.

While most people were able to evacuate, that wasn't the case with livestock.

At least 27 of the deaths happened in North Carolina.

"Boat looks like it's O.K.", came a response from the gaggle. When asked if she ever thought of leaving, she shook her head no.

Cooper said he believed there were plans for President Donald Trump to visit today, though he noted that such plans can be fluid; the governor also said he would meet with the president during the visit. But officials said they don't know when evacuees would be able to return home, and it may be next week before conditions improve drastically since the Cape Fear River isn't expected to crest at the city until Monday or Tuesday. "All of that water is coming your way and people don't know that and they assume, you look outside and you see this lovely weather but over the next couple of days it's going to get rough in SC". "We have farmers who have lost significantly their crops". They told him the storm would displace them, the pool account noted.

Telling a storm victim to "have a good time" could be dismissed as Trump misspeaking as he exhausted his limited repertoire of empathic statements, but incredibly, he's made the flub before.

"That's nice", Trump reportedly replied.

During the trip, Trump also visited a church that was distributing meals to the city's residents.

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

It wasn't the president's first trip to the site of a massive natural disaster.

"This is a tough hurricane", the president said in the video.

Addressing a crowd of Texans after Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, Trump marveled at the size of his audience: "What a turnout", he said then.

"The planning that went into this is beyond belief", Trump said shortly after arriving at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina".

Wayne County has a long history of hurricane-related river flooding, and residents prepared days ahead of time to flee rising water, The News & Observer reported before the storm hit.

When Trump learned that the area around the lake was fine, he neglected to mention his golf club, but responded, "I love that area".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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