Trump, drawing contrast to Obama, visits flood-ravaged Baton Rouge

From The Washington Post:

Joined by his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump spoke briefly with volunteers and victims at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church before stepping outside to greet throngs of supporters who had gathered outside the security perimeters to see him. Wearing a white “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, he walked over to the crowd as they reached out to grab him and to hand him their hats to sign.

“We knew you’d be here, Mr. Trump! We knew you would be here for us!” one young woman shouted.

“We lost everything, but we knew you would come! This makes it all worthwhile,” said another woman.

The visit drew an immediate contrast with President Obama, who has not yet visited the region as it recovers from devastating floods. Conservative critics have pounced on Obama — who declared the flooding a major disaster on Sunday, opening up federal funding for 20 parishes — for not cutting short his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., to visit the area. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump supporter and longtime Obama critic, praised the trip by Trump and Pence, writing in a message on Twitter: “Sad that Obama [can’t] leave vacation for one day.”

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) on Thursday said that he preferred that Obama hold off on visiting to avoid diverting resources from recovery efforts. He said Trump was free to come to the state but added that he hoped the visit was for more than just publicity.

“Gov. Edwards wasn’t informed of the Trump campaign’s visit to the state or the schedule,” his office said in a statement. “We welcome them to Louisiana, but not for a photo-op. Instead we hope they’ll consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help …

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