US President Donald Trump To Visit North Carolina As Waterways Rise

James Marshall
September 19, 2018

President Donald Trump is pledging to help the people affected by Hurricane Florence as he arrives in North Carolina to survey damage wrought by the powerful storm. Officials said they will open roads as flooding recedes and downed trees and power lines are cleared away.

In addition, about 30 Sanderson farms that together house more than 6 million chickens around hard-hit Lumberton, North Carolina, remain isolated by floodwater and out of reach of feed trucks, Sanderson said, noting that the number of dead chickens could increase.

Trump, who has been criticized for his handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year ago, also thanked first responders for their work since Florence made landfall on Friday and recapped the efforts to get food to residents and restore power.

At Trump's first stop, Cooper briefed the president at a Marine Corps air station that sits among areas hardest hit by Florence. The area suffered significant damage, with branches down and piles of debris.

The hurricane prompted widespread evacuations and about 10,000 people remain in shelters, the governor said.

"We will be there 100 percent", said Trump, wearing a wind breaker and khaki trousers, seated inside a hangar with federal and state officials. "All of the folks from the federal government that are around the table are confirming it".

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"And to all those impacted by this bad storm, our entire American family is with you and ready to help".

Horry County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Brooke Holden says a sheriff's office van was carrying two detainees and two deputies from Conway to Darlington on Tuesday night when it was overtaken by flood waters.

President Donald Trump visited storm-ravaged North Carolina today, where he gave a press conference at which he was cheerful, telling jokes and praising the state's weather. "Even though there is no substantial rain in the forecast and the sun may be shining across many parts of our state, rivers continue to rise and we will see more flooding".

Thousands of people are still in shelters in North Carolina anxiously waiting to find out if they have a home to go back to.

"I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end", Cooper said.

President Trump took questions on his embattled Supreme Court nominee Wednesday, as he left the White House en route to North Carolina and SC to survey Hurricane Florence damage. Mr. Trump recently disputed new findings that Hurricane Maria's death toll was far greater than originally estimated in Puerto Rico, placing blame on Democrats for inflating numbers to "make him look bad". The enduring image of the trip was of Trump at a church lobbing paper towels into the crowd as if shooting baskets.

Trump at times has struggled to project empathy during national crisis. But critics quickly dubbed it inappropriate for the grim crisis at hand. He also cheered on volunteers and emergency workers and handed out hot dogs and potato chips to residents.

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