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Obama finally agrees to travel to Louisiana after Trump criticism

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 President Barack ObamaPhoto by Joseph Earnest


by Joseph Earnest August 22, 2016


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—After receiving harsh criticism for going on a golf game vacation instead of visiting Louisiana flood victims, Obama has announced he will finally visit the area on Tuesday August 23. 


The President has agreed to travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he will get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods, and hear from local officials about the response, including how the federal government can assist the people of Louisiana rebuild their communities.


On Friday, Trump was praised for playing role of president, by visiting flood victims while Obama was on vacation playing golf.


Upon seeing Trump, Louisianans screamed, "Thanks for coming Trump...We knew you'd be here for us."


Louisiana's governor, John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, tried to undermine Trump's visit when his office said, "We welcome him, but not for a photo-op."


New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie defended Trump's visit in a statement saying, "Mr. Trump and Governor Pence have shown true leadership by visiting those devastated by the flooding in Louisiana. By bringing attention and aid to those affected, Mr. Trump has led by example and shown what we have come to expect from our nation’s leaders."


Christie himself had faced criticism during Hurricane Sandy when he appeared to give Obama a hug, after Obama visited New Jersey. Some critics went as far as saying the hug cost Mitt Romney the 2012 election. Christie said natural disasters are non-partisan occurrences, and was simply doing his job at the time.

"The criticism by Louisiana's Governor is injecting partisan politics into a tragic national disaster. I refused to do that during Hurricane Sandy and I put the people of New Jersey first. Governor Edwards should do the same thing because the people of Louisiana deserve better," Christie said.


Meanwhile, polls show that Trump is now ahead of Clinton with 45 percent, compared to Clinton's 43 percent, in the bid for the White House.  Add Comments>> 














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