Trump Handing Out Meals to Victims of Hurricane Florence

September 19, 2018 - 12:51 pm

HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is getting an update on how South Carolina is recovering from Hurricane Florence.

Trump was participating in a briefing Wednesday with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott and other officials.

Television screens on the walls at the county emergency management center in Conway, South Carolina, showed scenes of flood damage from around the state.

Officials say Conway hasn't seen the worst of the flooding yet.

Trump surveyed flood damage earlier Wednesday in parts of North Carolina before arriving in Conway by helicopter.


3:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump has toured a South Carolina neighborhood that's bracing itself for more severe flooding due to Florence.

Trump greeted people Wednesday as he walked along a flooded street in the city of Conway, near Myrtle Beach.

He told people things are "going to be OK," and others thanked him for coming.

Trump put his hands on people's shoulders and promised that a "lot of money" will be coming from Washington.

Trump arrived in South Carolina by helicopter a short time after he toured storm-damaged areas of neighboring North Carolina.


2:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived in South Carolina on the second leg of a two-state trip to survey damage caused by Hurricane Florence.

Trump arrived by helicopter Wednesday afternoon at an airport near the city of Conway, which is near Myrtle Beach.

Earlier in the day, Trump visited the city of New Bern, North Carolina, which experienced severe flooding due to Florence. The president helped hand out meals at a Baptist church serving as a food distribution center and walked along a neighborhood street strewn with trash, branches and sodden furniture.

He offered hugs and handshakes and posed for photos with people cleaning up their homes after the powerful storm.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper also briefed the president on the recovery effort.


1:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump is touring a North Carolina neighborhood that sustained heavy flood damage during Hurricane Florence.

Trump walked along a street strewn with piles of trash, branches and sodden furniture in storm-wrecked New Bern, offering hugs and handshakes and posing for photos outside of damaged houses.

He's also asking how people are doing as he surveys the block.

As he arrived, Trump's motorcade crossed a swollen river with busted docks and damaged boats, including one that had washed up against a hotel.

New Bern's residential streets are lined by debris, including siding and furniture, with sofa cushions and mattresses scattered about. Trees are down and piles of destroyed furniture are stacked outside houses.

New Bern is part of Craven County, which voted nearly 60 percent for Trump in 2016.


12:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump is handing out warm meals and a bit of encouragement to some North Carolinians recovering from Hurricane Florence.

Trump is assisting volunteers at Temple Baptist Church in New Bern, North Carolina, Wednesday.

He's passing out Styrofoam containers with food, including hot dogs, chips and fruit and asking how those driving through are doing.

"How's the house?" he was heard asking one person. "You take care of yourself," he said.

Trump is also applauding organizers and thanking volunteers at the site as well as posing for photos and hugging volunteers, including a young boy.

One volunteer said the site handed out 1,200 meals on Tuesday to those in need.