Trump traveling ‘to be with those’ in hurricane-hit states

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President Trump speaks on day one of the Republican National Convention on August 24, 2020. (Photo: Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is traveling to Louisiana and Texas to survey the damage after Hurricane Laura.

The visit comes two days after he accepted his party’s nomination for a second term and allows him to use the trappings of his office to try to project empathy and leadership. A White House spokesman says Trump is traveling  Saturday “to be with those who have been impacted by Hurricane Laura.”

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He is expected to survey storm damage and receive briefings on emergency operations and ongoing relief efforts.

The Category 4 storm slammed the Gulf Coast, leaving at least 14 dead and wreaking havoc with severe winds and flooding.