Donald Trump to visit tornado victims in eastern Alabama Friday

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump, board Air Force One, Friday, March 8, 2019. [Photo Credit: AP Photo | Carolyn Kaster]

President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit eastern Alabama on Friday to survey the areas in Lee County devastated by deadly tornadoes that left 23 people dead on Sunday.

“Heading now to the Great State of Alabama!” Trump tweeted Friday morning.

Heading now to the Great State of Alabama!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2019

Alabama officials say in his visit, Trump will see firsthand the “catastrophic” damage where a massive EF4 tornado left a path of destruction nearly a mile wide with 170 mph (270 kph) winds.

According to the Associated Press, “As he left Washington, President Donald Trump said he expected to meet with Gov. Kay Ivey and people who ‘got hit very hard by the tornadoes.’ He also planned to thank first responders.”

Trump’s visit follows a tweet earlier this week promising “A Plus treatment” by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes. @GovernorKayIvey, one of the best in our Country, has been so informed. She is working closely with FEMA (and me!).,” Trump tweeted Monday.

FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes. @GovernorKayIvey, one of the best in our Country, has been so informed. She is working closely with FEMA (and me!).— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2019