President Trump surveys damage caused by Hurricane Laura

President Donald Trump listens to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, center, as he tours damage from Hurricane Laura, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Charles, La. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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UPDATED 1:45 PM PT – Saturday, August 29, 2020

President Trump traveled to hurricane stricken Louisiana on Saturday to aid in emergency efforts. The president reaffirmed he’s standing by local officials, who have been working to restore water to more than 180,000 residents.

He added his heart goes out to families who lost loved ones to the destructive storm. So far, more than a dozen people have been found dead.

President Donald Trump speaks with first responders as he tours a warehouse being used as a distribution point for relief aid after Hurricane Laura hit the area, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Charles, La. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The president also took to the streets of Louisiana to survey the damage caused by the natural distaster.

“I’m here to support the great people of Louisiana. It’s been a tremendous state for me. I love the people, we’ve had a good relationship right from the beginning. I’ve already met some people that have been absolutely devastated. This was a tremendously powerful storm.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

The president then traveled to Orange, Texas to receive additional briefings on emergency operations in the state.

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