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Louisiana Gov. Praises ‘Excellent’ Federal Response; Trump ‘Obviously Concerned’ About State

When his state dries out, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards may well remember that he does not see eye-to-eye politically with President Donald Trump.

But for now, with Hurricane Harvey having dumped massive rainfall on Louisiana, the liberal governor had nothing but praise for Trump.

Edwards appeared on CNN Tuesday and was asked what his state would need to bounce back from the beating it is taking.

“First of all, let me tell you the federal government has been excellent,” Edwards said. “The president has called twice, he signed the declaration we requested within a few hours of our making the request on Sunday evening. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke has been wonderful, and FEMA administrator Brock (Long) has been great as well.”

Edwards made clear in a Fox News interview Wednesday that his comments about Trump reflected his feelings.

“Actually we’ve had two conversations now, and in both of them he was very gracious and obviously concerned about the people of our state,” Edwards said, noting that Trump has not been a stranger to visiting his state when trouble struck.

“He was here last year after record flooding in August and so he wanted to make sure that we had what we need. We appreciate the fact that he very quickly signed the emergency declaration that we had requested. I think we had submitted it late on Sunday evening (and) he signed it before 7 o’clock on Monday morning. So the president has been engaged.”

“Thus far, we’ve had tremendous support from our federal partners and we appreciate it very much in Louisiana,” he said.

Earlier in the week, Trump indicated that he might come to Louisiana on Saturday to get a first-hand look at the damage and galvanize the federal response to Hurricane Harvey. Trump visited hard-hit Texas on Tuesday.

“I’ve spoken to President Trump again and he told me his intention is to visit the state on Saturday, but I don’t know if it’s final,” Edwards said Tuesday.

Edwards said that what he and his state need the most is out of Trump’s control.

”What we need right now is really Mother Nature to cooperate more than anything else. We believe we’re positioned well. We’ve been staging assets and personnel. We’ve got 700 National Guardsmen for example that are working. We’ve got high water vehicles, boats, aircraft staged where we need them. We just need for this storm system to move on through so that question starts to dry out,” he said.

Earlier this month, Edwards was among the governors who participated in a hurricane season briefing with Trump at FEMA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“We are entering peak hurricane season, and it’s critically important for everyone – state, local, and federal officials – to be in constant communication and coordinating efforts,” Edwards said at the time. “We know all too well how important it is for state and federal officials to share information when a storm is approaching, and this briefing was extremely helpful.”

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source: Western Journalism

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