Biden Will Visit Kentucky on Wednesday in Wake of Tornado Response

by Samantha Whidden
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Following the devastating tornado that impacted several small towns in Kentucky, President Joe Biden is heading to the Bluegrass State to survey the damage.

According to USA Today, President Biden will visit Kentucky on Wednesday to visit the areas that were impacted by the tornado. The event happened late Friday (December 10th) and early Saturday (December 11th). Biden will stop at Fort Campbell for a storm briefing, and will also survey the damage in Mayfield and Dawson Springs, Kentucky. 

President Biden also told reporters after a meeting with officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that the officials are going to get everything off the ground. “We’re going to be there as long as it takes to help.”

White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, confirmed that President Biden will be speaking to some of the survivors of the tornado. “He also wants to hear directly from people, and he wants to offer his support directly to them,” she stated.

The media outlet further reported that more than 30 tornadoes ripped through Kentucky and four other states. The devastation left dozens dead and demolished towns. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear claimed that it was the deadliest tornado in the states’ history. He also confirms that nearly 70 people are dead. Meanwhile, more than 100 people are still missing. 

President Joe Biden Speaks to Various Lawmakers Following Tornado Devastation

On Saturday (December 11th), President Joe Biden announced he had spoken to various Kentucky lawmakers as well as lawmakers in several other states following the tornado devastation. “Earlier today, I called the governors of the states that have been experiencing severe impacts of the storms. Including Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, as well as Tennessee.”

President Biden stated he spoke to Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell about the tornado devastation in his home state of Kentucky. He then shared that he was in contact with Kentucky Beshear all morning. The Governor described the impact as being like a war zone but worse. 

“Jill and I pray – and I’m sincerely mean[ing] this – pray for those who have lost loved ones,” President Biden wrote. “And for those who are uncertain of the fate of their loved ones.”

President Biden shared that the federal government will do everything it can do to help in the situation. “I’ve spoken several times today with the head of FEMA  as well as the director of FEMA. Who’s already been deployed emergency response personnel to these states,” he declared. He also noted that personnel is on the group for search and rescue, water, and other supplies. 

Along with offering condolences to the tornado’s victims, President Biden is approving the emergency declaration for Kentucky. He adds that the declaration will accelerate federal emergency assistance for the state. 

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