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Trump Visits Hurricane-Damaged North Carolina

20 September 2018

"You'll have everything you need".

Trump also praised the volunteers, at one point hugging a young helper and telling his parents, "You did a good job".

"We're getting all teed up for a lot of money to come down to the area".

Trump then spoke to those who lost loved ones in the tragedy.

"America grieves with you and our hearts break for you". Mr. President, we have never seen one like this. "To all those impacted by this awful storm, our entire American family is with you and ready to help".

The storm's grim aftermath, some of which Trump was expected to see Wednesday during stops in North Carolina and SC, presented a challenge for a president who has struggled at times to show empathy in moments of national tragedy.

He was accompanied by the homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen; the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) chief, Brock Long; Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis of North Carolina; and Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott of SC.

"Over the next couple of days, it's going to get rough in SC". Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott.

Last year, North Carolina farmers also raised 830.8 million chickens for meat, 9 percent of the USA flock, and 32.5 million turkeys, or 13 percent of the US total, according to the USDA.

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"You've broken all records - this is going to add 4, 5, 6 feet of water all over the state", he said.

The death toll from Florence has reached an official count of 36.

Florence has left at least 36 people dead, including 27 in North Carolina, eight in SC and one in Virginia, after 36 inches of rain fell in the area.

Two detainees died in Horry County, South Carolina when the sheriff's van they were being transported in was swept away by floodwaters overnight.

On Tuesday night, the majority of hotels to the north of Fayetteville were fully booked as people rushed to escape the flood. The deputies climbed on top of the van and were rescued; they have been placed on administrative leave. We are with you all the way.

During the briefing with Gov. Roy Cooper and federal and other state officials, Trump pledged to be with storm victims "100 percent" as they recover from the torrential rains and heavy flooding that Florence left behind.

Earlier in the day, Trump was handing out meals to hurricane victims and told one person in a vehicle, "Have a good time" as if they were going to an entertainment outing.

During a packed day, he visited both North and SC, distributed meals at a church, walked amid piles of sodden furniture in damaged neighborhoods, offered hugs and handshakes to residents and discussed the response efforts with local and state officials.

Trump Visits Hurricane-Damaged North Carolina