Clinton: I’ll Visit Louisiana When Campaign Won’t ‘Disrupt’ Response
Hillary Clinton said on Monday that she will visit Louisiana when it is clear that her campaign won’t “disrupt” emergency services and their response to the floods.
“This month’s floods in Louisiana are a crisis that demand a national response,” Clinton said in a statement released by her campaign.
“We must make sure that all resources are brought to bear in responding to the crisis and helping communities rebuild,” she continued.
“I am committed to visiting communities affected by these floods, at a time when the presence of a political campaign will not disrupt the response, to discuss how we can and will rebuild together.”
The Hill reports:
Clinton and Obama held off visiting the area last week. At least 13 people have died from the storms and flooding, while thousands have been displaced.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced over the weekend that more than $56 million in federal money had been approved for Louisiana in the first week since Obama declared it a federal emergency.Trump made his high-profile visit to Baton Rouge, La., last Friday with his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said Sunday that Trump’s visit to the state was “helpful” because it brought attention to the devastation there.
He had initially said that while he would welcome Trump, he didn’t want the GOP nominee’s visit to just be a “photo op.” Edwards had also encouraged Obama, and Clinton by association, to hold off visiting the state, citing concerns over diverting emergency resources for road closures and security.
“The best way to help Louisianans affected by these terrible floods is to make sure they have the resources they need today,” Clinton said Monday.
Obama is slated to visit Baton Rouge on Tuesday, the White House announced late last week.
Clinton urged Facebook followers last week to contribute to relief organizations but said such efforts “can’t afford any distractions.”
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