Donald Trump is promising to deliver aid to those affected by Hurricane Laura in Texas and Louisiana. The President visited Orange, Texas on Saturday to assess the damage left after the massive storm leveled homes and businesses with 150-mph winds.
The storm made landfall on Thursday leaving tens of thousands without power. According to the Associated Press, Hurricane Laura caused at least 14 deaths.
President Trump visited Lake Charles, Louisiana and Orange, Texas. He spoke with first responders and local officials beginning the recovery efforts following the Category 4 storm.
“This was a tremendously powerful storm,” President Trump said. “We have to take care of Louisiana. We have to take care of Texas.”
President Donald Trump Assesses Damage Caused by Hurricane Laura
Shortly after 1 p.m. ET, the President arrived in Louisiana. He donned a red hat reading “USA” on the front and “Trump” on the back.
While in Louisiana, the President toured a warehouse used for relief supplies. He then traveled to a neighborhood near downtown lake Charles. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, FEMA director Pete Gaynor and acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf accompanied the president.
President Trump explained that he plans to offer financial assistance. “We’ll supply what we have to supply and you know what a lot of that is, a thing called green,” he said. “We’ll take care of you.”
Thereafter, the President traveled to Orange, Texas. While there, President Trump said that FEMA plans to deliver 400,000 liters of water and 200,000 meals, CBS News reports.
According to President Trump, he feels that Hurricane Laura was strong than Hurricane Katrina. While the intensity of Laura may have been greater, Katrina possibly caused far more damage. NPR reports that 80% of the city was submerged. Furthermore, Katrina led to over 1,800 deaths and over $160 billion in damage.
[H/T CBS News]