Donald Trump to travel to flood-stricken Louisiana

Louisiana flood August 2016
The flood caused misery and fear. [Photo Credit: AP Photo | David Grunfeld/ The Times-Picayune]

Donald Trump will tour the flood damage in ravaged Louisiana on Friday, but was quickly warned by a spokesman for the state’s Democratic governor not to come merely for a photo-op.

A campaign official familiar with the plans says the GOP nominee and his running mate Mike Pence will travel to the state on Friday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the plans before they were officially announced.

At least 13 people have died as a result of the flooding, and at one point 11,000 were in shelters. Trump said at a rally Thursday that his prayers are with the people affected.

However, Louisiana’s governor’s office said later it had not been contacted by the Trump campaign concerning a possible tour of the state’s flood damage.

Richard Carbo, spokesman for Gov. John Bel Edwards, says Trump “hasn’t called the governor to inform him of his visit.”

The spokesman said Mr, Trump is welcome to Louisiana, “but not for a photo-op.”

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.


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