President Trump lauded emergency workers in North Carolina during a visit to the storm-impacted region on Wednesday as he predicted a costly clean up.
“The job you’ve done has been incredible,” Trump said inside an airplane hangar in North Carolina. “They’re talking about it all over the world.”
“Unfortunately, the money will be a lot but it’s going to come,” he said later, vowing a robust federal response to the storm.
He told those who lost loved ones the country was in mourning.
“America grieves with you and our hearts break for you. God bless you. We will never forget your loss,” Trump said. “To all those impacted by this terrible storm, our entire American family is with you and ready to help. You will recover.”
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, sitting next to President Trump in Cherry Point, North Carolina, told him the state “took a gut punch.”
“Our people are still reeling. We have lost 27 lives officially so far, and more are under investigation. We mourn their loss,” he said, adding that farmers lost crops, businesses are shuttered, people lost homes.
“We are beginning the process of getting our feet under us, Mr. President,” Cooper said, describing Hurricane Florence as “a storm like no other.”
“We have weathered storms before in our state. Mr. President, we have never seen one like this. This one has been epic. It has been disastrous. And it has been widespread,” he said.
Appealing to Trump, Cooper said, “Mr. President, we have a long road ahead. And the days and the months and even years ahead to make sure we build back to where we need to be here in North Carolina.”
“And, you’re here, and I’m asking you, sir, for your help every step of the way.”
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President Trump is speaking at Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, where he is due to receive a hurricane briefing.
“Hurricane Florence was one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the Carolinas, one of the most powerful and devastating storms ever to hit our country,” he said.
“To the families who have lost loved ones, America grieves with you and our hearts break for you. God bless you. We will never forget your loss. We will never leave your side. We are with you all the way,” he added. “To all of those impacted by this terrible storm, our entire American family is with you and ready to help you will recover.”