Donald Trump will tour the flood damage in ravaged Louisiana on Friday.
A campaign official familiar with the plans said Thursday that the GOP nominee and his running mate Mike Pence will travel to the state on Friday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the plans before they were officially announced.
However, a spokesman for Louisiana’s governor said his office had not been contacted by the Trump campaign.
Richard Carbo, spokesman for Gov. John Bel Edwards, said Trump was welcome to Louisiana, “but not for a photo-op.” Instead, Carbo proposed Trump “consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of this storm.”
At least 13 people have died as a result of the flooding, and at one point 11,000 were in shelters.
Trump said at a rally on Thursday that his prayers are with the people affected in Louisiana, “a state that is very special to me.”
Meanwhile, some 86,500 people have filed for federal aid after deadly flooding hit Louisiana in the past several days and damaged some 40,000 homes, Governor John Bel Edwards told a news conference on Thursday. He said the death toll from the flooding stood at 13 people and about 30,000 people have been rescued from the floods. Rainfall hit historic levels in some parts of the state.
“In Louisiana, taking care of one another is a way of life. We are on our way from response to recovery,” Edwards said. The Federal Emergency Management Agency was on the ground and processing claims for help.