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GOP nominee Trump and his running mate Mike Pence traveled to Louisiana on Friday
Obama will not break from his vacation to survey Louisiana flood damage; he’ll go on Tuesday instead
White House said Obama is not indifferent to the suffering of thousands who were washed out of their homes in Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas
Obama, who is on vacation with the first family on Martha’s Vineyard, has not commented on the flooding
White House said he has being updated regularly and has approved a federal disaster declaration for the affected areas
He was joined by comedian Larry David on Thursday for a round of golf and headlined a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on Monday
Clinton asked for donations for the Red Cross on her Facebook page and suggested a visit would be a ‘distraction’
President Barack Obama will visit Louisiana on Tuesday after historic flooding in the state, the White House says.
Obama is currently on vacation in Massachusetts. He is not scheduled to return to Washington until Sunday.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence spent four hours in the Louisiana today meeting with victims and first responders as they viewed the devastated streets and flooded homes.
The White House indicated Thursday that Obama would not cut short his annual family gathering in Martha’s Vineyard to tour the flood-zone, and Louisiana’s Democratic governor insisted that he was fine with the decision.
‘While the president is welcome to visit, I would just as soon he give us another a week or two, get back to a greater sense of normalcy here,’ Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said.
After Trump’s highly publicized tour of flood-ravaged areas Friday, the White House said that Obama would take his turn in the state Tuesday.
‘Additional details will be announced in the coming days. The President is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts,’ White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.
Obama signed a disaster declaration form last Sunday granting four parishes in the state that were most heavily affected access to federal assistance.
The White House says he called Edwards that day as well to tell him his prayers were with the people of the state.
He received regular updates from his national security team this week on the flooding, aides said, and Edwards told reporters Thursday the president had been in daily communication with him.
Obama did not comment publicly on the flooding, yet found time Monday to headline a fundraiser for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on the Massachusetts island where he’s vacationing. Donors paid $10,000 or more to attend.
On Thursday, the president was joined by comedian Larry David and businessmen Robert Wolf and Jonathan Lavine for a round of golf.
The White House insists Obama is not indifferent to the suffering of thousands who were washed out of their homes in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas.
Earnest said Friday Obama is ‘eager to get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods, hear from more officials about the response, including how the federal government can assist and tell the people of Louisiana that the American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever.’
At least 13 people have died as a result of the flooding, and at one point 11,000 were in shelters. That number has dropped as water levels have receded.
The president’s spokesman said today that Obama has received updates on the situation from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, both of whom who took separate trips there.
‘The President today directed his team to coordinate with Louisiana officials to determine an appropriate time for him to visit, and together they have determined that the President will visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday, August 23rd,’ the statement said.
Trump said at a rally on Thursday that his prayers are with the people affected in Louisiana, ‘a state that is very special to me.’
‘We are one nation. When one state hurts, we all hurt – and we must all work together to lift each other up. Working, building, restoring together,’ Trump said in Charlotte at an event where he also apologized for having caused ‘personal pain’ with some of his harsh language.
‘Our prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones, and we send them our deepest condolences,’ he continued.
The GOP presidential candidate said, ‘Though words cannot express the sadness one feels at times like this, I hope everyone in Louisiana knows that our country is praying for them and standing with them to help them in these difficult hours. We are one country, one people, and we will have together one great future.’
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