President Donald Trump toured areas hit by Hurricane Laura in Louisiana and Texas on Saturday and received information on emergency response and relief efforts.
“One thing I know about this state is that it is rebuilding quickly,” Trump said at a meeting attended by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, US lawmaker and federal officials. Trump did not meet with residents.
The massive storm hit Louisiana early Thursday with 150 mph winds that damaged buildings, toppled trees, and supplied electricity to more than 650,000 people in Louisiana and Texas. Laura’s storm surge, however, was much lower than predicted.
The Category 4 hurricane killed at least 15 people, including some who were killed in carbon monoxide poisoning from unsafe generator operation. Governor Edwards named Laura the strongest hurricane in Louisiana, even beating Katrina, which was a Category 3 storm in 2005.
Trump told officials, referring to those who were lost, “It’s an enormous number, but you thought it could have been a lot worse, it could have been too.”
Trump signed a disaster declaration for Louisiana on Friday.
He also met with National Guard personnel in Louisiana to help with relief efforts and later flew to Orange, Texas to meet with officials.
After meeting officials in Lake Charles, Trump said, “Come here guys, I want some power” and started signing pieces of paper. He gave one to a lawyer and said, “Here, sell this evening on Ebay, get $ 10,000.”
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