Donald Trump says he will fly to see Hurricane Laura’s devastation at weekend after FEMA briefing on impact – which he brought son Eric to
- President Donald Trump said he will travel to Louisiana and Texas this weekend to see the damage wrought by Hurricane Laura
- Trump also he was prepared to postpone his speech Thursday night to the Republican National Convention and give it on Monday instead
- But speech will go on as scheduled and he will visit the storm damaged states on Saturday or Sunday
- His comments came at a FEMA briefing on Hurricane Laura
- His son Eric Trump attended the briefing
- Briefing took place after a campaign fundraiser at Trump International Hotel
- Fundraiser brought in $10 million for Trump’s re-campaign
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President Donald Trump said he will travel to Louisiana and Texas this weekend to see the damage wrought by Hurricane Laura after the storm wreaked devastation there when it may landfall over night.
The president also said he was prepared to postpone his speech Thursday night to the Republican National Convention because of the storm and give it on Monday instead.
‘I was actually prepared to postpone the speech tonight and make it on Monday,’ he said.
President Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence at FEMA, said he would visit Louisiana and Texas this weekend to see the damage from Hurricane Laura
Eric Trump also attended the FEMA briefing, standing back against the wall
A car submerged in a flood on Pier Rd after Hurricane Laura hit the area overnight in Orange, Texas
Instead, he will accept the GOP nomination for a second term in the White House live from the South Lawn as scheduled on Thursday night and visit the hurricane-hurt areas over the weekend.
‘We’ll probably be going on Saturday or Sunday, and we’ll be heading to Texas and Louisiana, and maybe an additional stop. So that’ll either be on Saturday, a little bit in the afternoon, or Sunday,’ he noted.
President Trump revealed his plans during a stop at FEMA Thursday afternoon where he was briefed on the hurricane.
His son Eric Trump was with him, standing at the back of the briefing against a wall. Before the briefing, Trump stopped by his Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. for a fundraiser, which raised $10 million for his re-election campaign.
Eric Trump was spotted in the hotel lobby shortly before the president arrived to speak to donors. Most of the president’s adult children are staying in the hotel this week after the hub of convention activities moved to the nation’s capitol. Eric, Donald Trump Jr., and Tiffany Trump have all been seen there.
Those three addressed the convention earlier this week. Ivanka Trump speaks Thursday night, where she will introduce her father ahead of his acceptance speech.
Hurricane Laura struck the coast of Louisiana in the early hours of Thursday as a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds – the second-highest on the wind scale. It has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.
Only one other storm has made landfall in Louisiana with the same force as Laura — a hurricane in 1856, which left hundreds dead.
Trump will attended the FEMA briefing after he stopped by a fundraiser at his Trump International Hotel, where he raked in $10 million for his campaign
Trump’s briefing took place as images from the hurricane threaten to overshadow his big night, when he formally accept his nomination for a second term with a live speech in front of a crowd of 1,500 people on the South Lawn at the White House.
He will acknowledge the storm, according to Marc Short, the chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, who told MSNBC that the president will address the hurricane during his speech.
His speech will address his ‘law and order’ theme that he has stressed the past few weeks.
It comes as the hurricane strikes the south and the coronavirus pandemic rages across the United States with 5.84 million people infected and more than 180,000 deaths.
‘This is a very very big deal. As we have a once in a century pandemic, we have a once in a century hurricane,’ outgoing White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters at the White House on Thursday morning. ‘It’s good we have a leader who’s willing to monitor that and respond to that forcefully.’
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News that President Trump spoke to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards late Wednesday and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday morning as they grapple with the storm.
The Category 4 monster made landfall at 1am with the strongest winds that Louisiana has seen since 1856 and warnings that the storm could rip apart buildings and penetrate up to 200 miles inland.
Hurricane Laura smashed into Texas and Louisiana as a Category 4 with 150mph winds, bringing devastation and leaving 500,000 without power early Thursday morning
A street is seen strewn with debris and downed power lines after Hurricane Laura passed through Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Thursday
Louisiana Gov John Bel Edwards reported that the state has one fatality from the hurricane that became a Category 1 hurricane shortly after 9am.
The storm’s first victim, a 14 year old girl, died when a tree fell on her home, according to the governor’s office. The office said they do expect more fatalities as the hurricane continues to pass through the state.
Laura reached land near the small town of Cameron around 30 miles from the Texas border, where officials went door-to-door pleading with people to flee the path of the storm amid fears the entire parish will be inundated.