The Latest: Trump handing out hot meals to Florence victims

President Donald Trump hands out food in the Temple Baptist Church, where food and other supplies to be distributed during the Hurricane Florence recovery efforts, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in New Bern, N. C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

HAVELOCK, N. C. – The Last President to Donald Trump’s visit to the Carolina’s to review Hurricane Florence damage (all times are local):

12:10 pm

President Donald Trump is handing out hot meals and a bit of encouraging North Carolinians recovering from Hurricane Florence.

Trump is the assist of volunteers in the Temple Baptist Church in New Bern, North Carolina, Wednesday.

He is the passing of Styrofoam containers with food, including hot dogs, chips and fruit, and the question of how to drive by doing.

“How’s the house?” he heard the questions of a person. “You take care of yourself,” he said.

Trump is full of praise for the organizers and thanking the volunteers on the site and posing for photos and hugging volunteers, including a young boy.

A volunteer said the site handed out 1,200 meals on Tuesday to people in need.


11:55 pm

President Donald Trump has arrived at a North Carolina church that serves as a distribution center for supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Trump is a visit to the Temple Baptist Church in New Bern. The area suffered considerable damage, with branches down and piles of debris.

Church volunteers are containers of hot dogs, chips and fruit and the distribution of food to people in need.

The president is a visit to the region Wednesday after the powerful storm left widespread destruction and flooding. Officials warned that the flooding is not over yet.

Trump stressed his sympathy for the victims of the storm and promised resources for recovery during an earlier storm briefing at a nearby marine base.


11:30 pm

President Donald Trump is pledging to help people affected by Hurricane Florence when he arrives in North Carolina to survey damage caused by the powerful storm.

Trump says during a briefing by the local and federal officials, “are We there 100 percent” after the floods, which he described as “epic” and “it is hard to believe.”

He says, “There will be nothing more to undo.”

Trump at times has struggled to project empathy during a national crisis. But on Wednesday, he offered reassuring words of the families who suffered a loss, saying: “America grieves with you and our hearts break for you.”

When the state governor asked for federal aid, Trump said: “I will be there,”

Trump is also praising relief workers during his visit to the coast a marine base, the first of several stops on his schedule.


10:45 pm

President Donald Trump has arrived in storm-ravaged North Carolina to take in the devastation left by Florence.

Trump traveled south Wednesday as the state was still struggling with the massive recovery efforts. He was on his way to a briefing at a Marine Corps air station where Air Force One landed in the coastal town of Havelock north, one of the many communities who have been affected by the heavy rainfall.

Trump told reporters as he left the White House, that he will also visit South Carolina before he returns to the White House later Wednesday.

The president says that he wants to say “hello” to everyone from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the military who are hard at work to help residents recover from the storm.

Adds Trump: “I think it’s a great day.”

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