Trump visits Texas, Louisiana to survey hurricane damage

Foodwaters cover the street Friday Aug. 28 2020 in Cameron La. after Hurricane Laura moved through the area Thursday

President Donald Trump got a firsthand look Saturday at the damage from Hurricane Laura on a post-Republican National Convention trip that allowed him to use the trappings of his office to try to project empathy and leadership. The massive storm hit Louisiana early on Thursday with 150mph winds, damaging buildings, knocking down trees and cutting power to more than 650,000 people in Louisiana and Texas.

The world's top manufacturer of motor fuel from coal, said manufacturing facilities in Lake Charles shut down with high voltage transmission line corridors into the area damaged. Trump deplaned wearing a red had that said "USA" on the front, and "TRUMP" on the back.

"You've done a great job", he told Mr John Bel Edwards, the state's Democratic governor. The governor responded that about 50% did.

Lake Charles resident Borden Wilson, a 33-year-old pediatrician, was anxiously anticipating his return home after evacuating to Minden, Louisiana. "I love the people", Trump said. "And we'll supply what we have to supply".

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has already distributed 2.6 million liters of water and 1.4 million meals, Trump said, as hundreds of thousands of storm victims are without electricity and running water.

While Trump did note that storms are more frequent and stronger than those decades ago, he did not directly connect that to climate change when asked, saying this area has always been prone to storms.

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"This was a tremendously powerful storm", said Trump. "In fact, when it came in it was actually much bigger than Katrina, I would say, Katrina being somewhat of a landmark".

Hurricane Katrina, which hit Louisiana in August 2005, caused the widespread failure of the levee system protecting low-lying New Orleans.

Laura made landfall as a Category 4 storm, but was less powerful than Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico as a Category 5 storm in 2017.

President Donald Trump on Friday approved Gov. Edwards' request for a Major Disaster Declaration, granting Individual Assistance for people who were affected in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes.

"You came together and you rebuilt".

Laura hit Louisiana on August 27 with winds as high as 150 miles per hour and over nine feet storm surges in some places, leaving hundreds of thousands without water.

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