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President Barack Obama will visit Louisiana on Tuesday after historic flooding in the state, the White House says.
Obama is currently on vacation in Massachusetts. He is not scheduled to return to Washington until Sunday.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence spent four hours in the Louisiana today meeting with victims and first responders as they viewed the devastated streets and flooded homes.
The White House indicated Thursday that Obama would not cut short his annual family gathering in Martha’s Vineyard to tour the flood-zone, and Louisiana’s Democratic governor insisted that he was fine with the decision.
‘While the president is welcome to visit, I would just as soon he give us another a week or two, get back to a greater sense of normalcy here,’ Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said.
After Trump’s highly publicized tour of flood-ravaged areas Friday, the White House said that Obama would take his turn in the state Tuesday.
‘Additional details will be announced in the coming days. The President is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts,’ White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.
Obama signed a disaster declaration form last Sunday granting four parishes in the state that were most heavily affected access to federal assistance.
The White House says he called Edwards that day as well to tell him his prayers were with the people of the state.
Obama did not comment publicly on the flooding, yet found time Monday to headline a fundraiser for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on the Massachusetts island where he’s vacationing. Donors paid $10,000 or more to attend.
On Thursday, the president was joined by comedian Larry David and businessmen Robert Wolf and Jonathan Lavine for a round of golf.
The White House insists Obama is not indifferent to the suffering of thousands who were washed out of their homes in the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas.
Earnest said Friday Obama is ‘eager to get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods, hear from more officials about the response, including how the federal government can assist and tell the people of Louisiana that the American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever.’