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Trump visits homes damaged by Louisiana floods

Trump pointed out to the church minister and other local official that he was present in Louisiana while US President Barack Obama was on vacation in Massachusetts. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Baton Rouge, LA, United States Aug 19, 2016, 05.16 PM (IST)
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate arrived in the flood-damaged city of Baton Rouge on Friday but the state's Democratic governor advised against touring areas affected by recent deadly rains.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards' office said Trump had not called to discuss plans for his visit, but that the New York businessman was welcome to volunteer or make a sizable donation towards helping victims.

Some 40,000 homes were damaged and at least 13 people died in Louisiana after a deluge of more than two and a half feet (0.76 metres) in what has been described as the worst US storm since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Trump disembarked from his plane sporting a white baseball cap with his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" on it and shook hands with officials on the tarmac before leaving the airport in a motorcade.

They met with local volunteers at a church whose congregation was assisting victims of the flood. Trump pointed out to the church minister and other local official that he was present in Louisiana while US President Barack Obama was on vacation in Massachusetts.

"The President said he doesn't want to go. He's trying to get out of a golf game," Trump said of Obama.

Some people in Louisiana have urged Obama to cut short his vacation in Martha's Vineyard to view the flood devastation. Obama's vacation is due to end on Sunday.

Governor Edwards said he urged the president to wait a few weeks before visiting as the huge security undertaking involved would interfere with recovery efforts.

After the church visit, Trump met with homeowner whose flood-damaged possessions were stacked outside the home for trash collectors to remove.

(Reuters)
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