President Barack Obama will visit Louisiana next week, the White House announced Friday.
Obama will travel to Baton Rouge on Tuesday, press secretary Josh Earnest said, noting that Obama’s team reached that date after coordinating with state officials.
“Additional details will be announced in the coming days. The President is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts,” Earnest said. “He is also eager to get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods, hear from more officials about the response, including how the federal government can assist and tell the people of Louisiana that the American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever.”
Republicans have urged Obama to cut short his summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard to show solidarity with a state that’s been trying to deal with the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since Hurricane Sandy.
The Republican presidential ticket flew into Baton Rouge on Friday morning to visit those impacted by the severe flooding. During his visit with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump told volunteers at a church in Greenwell Springs that Obama doesn’t want to visit the state, suggesting golf is more important to the president.
“The president says he doesn’t want to come, he is trying to get out of a golf game,” Trump said, according to ABC News. “He will never be under par.”
Hillary Clinton spoke with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards by phone Friday. Clinton said the flood, which was much larger than anticipated, has damaged more than 40,000 homes, impacting more than 100,000 people.
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SOURCE: Politico, Nolan D. McCaskill