Democratic Louisiana governor: Trump’s visit ‘helped shine spotlight’ on flooding

Democratic Louisiana governor: Trump’s visit ‘helped shine spotlight’ on flooding
John Bel Edwards (Image: WAFB video screen grab)

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Donald Trump’s visit helped draw attention to the people displaced by recent flooding.

Prior to Trump’s visit, Edwards had said he did not want it to turn into a photo op, but on CNN’s State of the union on Sunday he said the visit was a good one.

“Before he came down, I said we welcome him here. We want him to be helpful and we hope it doesn’t turn into a mere photo op,” Edwards said.

Edwards, a Democrat, said the Republican presidential nominee’s trip help relieve some of the suffering people in Baton Rouge are going through.

“It helped shine a spotlight on Louisiana and the dire situation that we have here – it was helpful,” Edwards said. “I also appreciate the good phone call, the conversation I had with (vice presidential nominee) Gov. (Mike) Pence, who was sincere and genuine about their desire to be helpful.”

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, a Republican, also praised Trump’s trip Saturday on CNN’s New Day as helping lift the spirits of the flood victims.

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