Trump at Cherry Point: "You will recover"

Published: Sep. 18, 2018 at 1:05 PM EDT
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President Donald Trump spoke with state and local officials this morning at Cherry Point before leaving for a tour of hurricane damage in Craven County.

Air Force One landed at the air station around 10:25 a.m. and the president spent about a half hour in a round-table discussion in a hangar at the air station.

"Our entire American family is with you. You will recover," the president said at Cherry Point. "Whatever we have to do at the federal level we will be there 100%".

Governor Roy Cooper joined the president for the briefing on base. "We have weathered storms before," Cooper told Trump. "Mr. President, we have never seen one like this before."

Trump is now touring damaged areas in Craven County and is expected to then fly to South Carolina later today.

He made a stop at Temple Baptist Church in New Bern where he and the governor helped pass out meals to hurricane victims.

The president was passing out Styrofoam containers with food, including hot dogs, chips and fruit and asking how those driving through are doing.

"How's the house?" he was heard asking one person. "You take care of yourself," he said.

Trump is also applauding organizers and thanking volunteers at the site as well as posing for photos and hugging volunteers, including a young boy.

One volunteer said the site handed out 1,200 meals on Tuesday to those in need.


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White House sources confirm that President Donald Trump will be here in Eastern Carolina on Wednesday.

The president will be flying into Cherry Point to tour areas affected by Hurricane Florence.

We are still awaiting word from the White House on exactly what areas the president plans to visit on Wednesday.

Stay with WITN-TV and for more on this developing story.

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