As part of his trip to the Carolinas to survey storm damage by Florence, President Donald Trump on Wednesday toured homes along River Drive in New Bern, a low-lying neighborhood of brick and clapboard houses that was swamped by the Neuse River.
“We’re giving you a lot of help,” Trump said to one resident.
“Do you want to see my house? It’s over there,” another resident said, pointing to a badly damaged yellow house across the street.
Trump crossed the street to a small brick house, where he stopped to greet an older man in the T-shirt. Behind the house, a large yacht had washed ashore and was shipwrecked against the wooden deck.
He gazed at the yacht, saying, “Is this your boat?” The owner said no. Trump turned and replied with smile, “At least you got a nice boat out of the deal.”
Speaking to reporters, Trump said the owner told him his insurance company didn’t want to pay for the damage to his home.
“We’re going to find out,” he said. “We’re going to find out the name of the insurance company.”
“I think it’s incredible what we’re seeing,” the president added. “This boat just came here.”
During his trip, Trump pledged the full support and finances of the federal government to support states struck by Florence.
Minutes after arriving in North Carolina to survey storm damage, Trump vowed “100 percent” backing to Gov. Roy Cooper. Trump twice stressed that, even though the skies above were clear and “beautiful,” the surrounding state was still at risk for flood.
The president said the region was in for a “rough two weeks,” but promised to send “a lot of money to the area.”
“We need it, and we have it, and we will be applying it, and there will be nothing left undone,” Trump said.
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