President Donald Trump said he will travel to Louisiana and Texas this weekend to see the damage done by Hurricane Laura after the storm wreaked havoc there, when it could land overnight.
The president also said he was willing to delay his speech Thursday night before the Republican National Convention because of the storm and deliver it on Monday instead.
“I was actually willing to postpone the speech tonight and make it to 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 with his back to the wall
A car submerged in a flood on Pier Rd after Hurricane Laura hit the Orange, Texas area overnight
Instead, he accepts the GOP nomination for a second term at the White House, live from the South Lawn, as scheduled Thursday night, and visits hurricane-hit areas over the weekend.
“We’ll probably go on a Saturday or Sunday, and we’ll go to Texas and Louisiana, and maybe an extra stop. So that will 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 against a wall at the back of the briefing. Prior to the briefing, Trump stopped at his Trump International Hotel in Washington DC for a fundraising campaign that raised $ 10 million towards his reelection campaign.
Eric Trump was seen in the hotel lobby shortly before the president arrived to speak to donors. Most of the President’s adult children stay at the hotel this week after the convention center moves to the nation’s capital. Eric, Donald Trump Jr. and Tiffany Trump have all been seen there.
Those three addressed Congress earlier this week. Ivanka Trump speaks Thursday evening where she will introduce her father ahead of his acceptance speech.
Hurricane Laura hit the Louisiana coast in the early hours of Thursday as a Category 4 storm with a wind speed of 150 mph – the second highest on the wind scale. It has since been downgraded to a tropical storm.
Only one other storm made landfall in Louisiana with the same force as Laura – a hurricane in 1856, killing hundreds.
Trump will attend FEMA briefing after passing a fundraiser at his Trump International Hotel where he raised $ 10 million for his campaign
Trump’s briefing took place as images of the hurricane threatened to overshadow his big night, as he formally accepted 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, said Marc Short, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, who told MSNBC that the president will address the hurricane during his speech.
His speech addresses his theme of ‘law and order’ that he has emphasized in recent weeks.
It comes as the hurricane hits the south and the coronavirus pandemic is raging across the United States with 5.84 million people infected and more than 180,000 dead.
‘This is a very, very big deal. Because we have a once in a century pandemic, we have a once in a century hurricane, ”outgoing White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters at the White House Thursday morning. “It is good that we have a leader who wants to supervise this and respond strongly to it.”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News that President Trump spoke with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Texas Governor Greg Abbott late on Wednesday night as they grapple with the storm.
The Category 4 monster landed at 1 a.m. with the strongest winds Louisiana has seen since 1856, warning that the storm could tear buildings apart and penetrate up to 200 miles inland.
Hurricane Laura fell as a Category 4 in Texas and Louisiana with a wind speed of 150 mph, causing devastation and leaving 500,000 without power on Thursday morning.
A street littered with debris and downed power lines after Hurricane Laura passed through Lake Charles, Louisiana on Thursday
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards reported that the state has one fatality from the hurricane that became a Category 1 hurricane shortly after 9:00 a.m.
The storm’s first victim, a 14-year-old girl, died when a tree fell on her house, the governor’s office said. The office said they expect more fatalities as the hurricane continues to pass through the state.
Laura reached land near the small town of Cameron, about 30 miles from the Texas border, where officials went door-to-door begging people to flee the storm’s path, amid fear that the entire parish would become overrun.