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Donald Trump on Wednesday visited North Carolina to survey damage
from Hurricane Florence.

Kevin
Lamarque


  • When President Donald Trump arrived in North Carolina on
    Wednesday to survey the damage from Hurricane Florence, he seemed
    to be particularly interested in the conditions near one of his
    golf courses. 
  • During a briefing on damage from the storm, Trump asked a
    local official how conditions were at Lake Norman, the location
    of a Trump National Golf Club. 
  • Trump at one point also told a storm victim to “have a
    good time” as he handed him a packaged meal.
  • Florence has led to at least 37 deaths, 27 of which
    occurred in North Carolina.

When President Donald Trump arrived in North Carolina on
Wednesday to survey the damage from Hurricane Florence, he seemed
to be particularly interested in the conditions near one of his
golf courses. 

During a briefing at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry
Point, Trump asked Lynn Good, chairman and CEO
of Duke Energy, how things were near Lake
Norman.

Good told Trump things were “good,” adding, “but still 10
or 12 inches of rain.”

“I love that area.  I can’t tell you
why, but I love that area,” Trump said in
response.

There is a Trump National Golf Club on the shores of Lake
Norman, which might explain the president’s affinity for the
area.

Since entering the White House, Trump has spent at least
199 days at his properties, including 154 days at golf
properties, according to
an analysis from NBC News

The president was often critical of his predecessor, former
President Barack Obama, for playing golf.

During Wednesday’s briefing, Trump thanked federal and
local officials for their efforts to prepare for and address
Hurricane Florence, and expressed his sympathies to those who
lost loved ones. 

“To the families who have lost loved ones,
America grieves with you, and our hearts break for you,” Trump
said. “And to all those impacted by this terrible storm, our
entire American family is with you and ready to help. And you
will recover.”

During his visit to North Carolina on Wednesday, Trump at
one point also told a storm victim to
“have a good time”
as he handed him a packaged meal.

The president
made similar comments last year
while addressing victims of
Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, a storm over which Trump
continues to face criticism in terms of his
response

At another point on Wednesday, a child asked the president
for a hug, and he obliged. 

Florence has led to at
least 37 deaths
, 27 of which occurred in North Carolina.
Thousands of people remain in shelters and hundreds of thousands
remain without power. 

Flooding from the monster storm wreaked havoc across the
Carolinas and the damage is extensive. North Carolina Gov. Roy
Cooper on Wednesday said,
“We are a state that is hurting.”

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