2020-08-30 03:52:53 UTC
President surveys damage after storm sweeps through Louisiana leaving 16 people
dead and hundreds of thousands without power or water
President Donald Trump travelled to Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Saturday to
inspect damage from Hurricane Laura and attend a briefing on the impact of the
disaster and the federal response.
After taking questions from reporters, the president began signing autographs
for some of those in attendance, quipping that they could sell them on eBay that
night for $10,000.
After being asked to sign one autograph, Mr Trump sits down and calls over to a
group of people near by, saying: "Come here fellas, get over here. I want a
Handing an autographed piece of paper to one local official he says: "Sell this
on eBay tonight, you'll get $10,000." He tells another recipient that he is
deliberately not putting his name on as it will be worth more without it.
The visit came on the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and there was an
unexpected parallel to the calamitous response of the George W Bush
administration to that catastrophe.
The president told FEMA administrator Pete Gaynor: Youve done a helluva job,
Pete, a remark reminiscent of President Bush telling the 2005 head of FEMA,
Michael Brown: Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job, despite the dire
situation that had unfolded in New Orleans.