Trump Asked About His Golf Course During Hurricane Florence Visit

Mae Love
September 20, 2018

Jordan is contributing $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas' Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

An exchange Trump reportedly had on Wednesday during a visit to New Bern, North Carolina, is making the rounds on Twitter, with users accusing the president of being insensitive amid disaster relief efforts.

"We're ready.to do whatever we have to do to make this ideal", Trump said at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in eastern North Carolina, where he received a briefing from state and local officials.

"I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end", Cooper said.

More lagoons were at risk of overflowing in the days ahead, state data showed, including 30 that are filled to the brim with waste and water, and another 25 with zero to three inches of space to spare.

The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet (19 metres), quadrupling its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, a city of 200,000 in the southern part of the state near the Fort Bragg army base, according to the National Weather Service.

The president met Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long on the ground in North Carolina.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that the president "wanted to see the areas that were hit the hardest and most impacted by flooding", adding that he also wanted to make sure to meet with people in those areas.

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"That thing is a total loss", Billy Sanderson told CNN affiliate WNCT, his voice breaking.

WILMINGTON, N.C. The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two mental health patients who drowned when a sheriff's van was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet. He praised first responders and said the country mourns with the families of the at least 36 people killed by Florence.

Thousands of rescues have taken place in the Carolinas.

CONWAY, SC - SEPTEMBER 17: Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence surround two homes on September 17, 2018, in Conway, South Carolina.

"Our state took a gut punch, Mr. President, and our people are still reeling", North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at the North Carolina briefing.

Sanderson Farms, one of the largest poultry producers in North Carolina, lost 1.7 million chickens on its farms, and 60 of its 880 production chicken broiler houses have flooded, the company said in a news release. And plenty of roads are still closed in the storm's wake.

"Inland, those rivers aren't supposed to crest until next weekend".

Much of Columbus County, where Fair Bluff is located, was under water, according to Steve Abbott of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with most roads closed and "driving not advised". Of those, 27 died in North Carolina, including in Duplin County, where the Sandersons live.

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