WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump arrived in Alabama Friday to survey the damage wreaked by two tornadoes that devastated the small town of Beauregard and killed at least 23 people.
The president began with an aerial tour about Marine One before meeting on the ground with Alabama lawmakers and local officials, including Gov. Kay Ivey (R) and Sens. Richard Shelby and Doug Jones.
“We saw things you wouldn’t believe,” Trump said.
After seeing the damage on the ground, the president then met with survivors and response volunteers at Providence Baptist Church.
The president was well-received there, taking photos and signing hats and Bibles for those on site.
“I’d vote for him again,” Ada Ingram, a volunteer who said she knew 10 people killed, told the accompanying pool of reporters.
“I enjoyed him coming,” she added. “I think it’s a godsend. I’m sorry. The situation is bad. And there are going to be people who will say, ‘Why did he come to my town?’ I don’t know why. I don’t why the hurricane happened. But there is a reason.”
Trump praised recovery efforts, applauding first responders for an “A+ job” and promising additional assistance.
“We’re gonna take care,” Trump said. “FEMA is here.”
Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, who joined him during the visit, then flew with their son, Barron, to Palm Beach, Fla. to spend the weekend at Mar-a-Lago, the private club the president owns.