tv President Trump Briefing on Hurricane Laura Response on Louisiana CSPAN August 29, 2020 2:42pm-3:17pm EDT
they are occurring right now. as a result of that, we have democrats in congress, in control of the house of representatives, putting forward police reform legislation. it is important as well not just to look at what is happening at the federal level but also look at the local level, the ways in which cities have already reimagined and begun to at least talk about reallocating resources away from overly-funded police departments and disturbing that the social services and schools and the like. you have >> the president is meeting with emergency responders and local officials in orange, texas, near the louisiana border. that happens later this afternoon. right now, he is talking with officials in lake charles, louisiana. [indistinct conversations] pres. trump: not very long, i
think. --the biggest challenge [inaudible] pres. trump: so we will be talking about that, i think, yeah. we will be talking about it. well, thank you very much, everybody. i am here to support the great people of louisiana. it has been a commend us. state for me. -- it has been a tremendous state for me. we have had a great relationship from the very beginning. i have already met some people that have been absolutely devastated. this was a tremendous leap powerful storm. in fact, when a command, it was actually much bigger than katrina, i would say. landmark ing a terms of the devastation, but this had more power. this one coming it almost as a 53. 5 offshore, winds up to
185 at one point. i do not know if we have ever seen that. we are joined by governor john bel edwards and senator kennedy, two friends of mine, who have , and actingstic job home and security, who is no longer acting, and my mind, because he got a promotion. he deserves it. he has been doing a great job. don't talk to me anymore. right there is the man. [laughs] and fema administrator p pete dana. we have a lot of different elements happening, but he has to take care of louisiana. we have to take care of texas. texas got a little bit lucky. thanks also to memos of congress that are here. it is a lot of members. where are you folks back there? i love you guys.
louisiana attorney general, where is jeff? jeff, you are so good. he is so tough and so good, and i agree with so much of what you do, almost all of it. i do not know if i have seen anything i don't agree with. jeff landry, everybody. thank you very much. congressman steve scalise, probably the greatest man in the room, but he has done good, and i actually think he is better looking today that he was three years ago. he went through hell, and we found out his family loves him, that is for sure, because they were with you all the way. that was a rough time in the hospital, right? that was a rough time, steve. we are glad to have you. people love you. congressman clay higgins. clay, thank you very much, clay, for being here. congressman gary graves. gary, nice to see you. what are you doing sitting all the way back there?
mike johnson, my friend, a supporter. these are all warriors. they fight for us and they fight for the people that they represent. thank you, mike. i appreciate it very much. and state senator mark abraham. mark, thank you. great job you are doing. askum, rector of louisiana emergency care director of louisiana emergency preparedness. do you have other storms coming in? don't let that happen, james. they are heading in a general direction. what looks like the likelihood that they will form and reach? >> [inaudible] pres. trump: so you had some tremendously bad storms 50, 60, 70 years ago. you and i were talking about
dates. what is the difference would you say in terms of storms coming in now compared to many years ago? >> [inaudible] this one came in as a category 4. pres. trump: quickly. that's right. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: so that really come of the fact that they finally it built so fast, because it looked like it would be between marco and laura, and marco, it disintegrated and just disintegrated lower. unbelievable. nick hunter, nick.
great job, nick. we appreciate it. mayor of lake charles. he got hit hard. were you the hardest hit, would you say, nick? cannot say if it is the hardest hit, but we took a hell of a turn. [laughs] pres. trump: 100%. when people get used to air-conditioning, and this is very hard -- very hot, it is a very traumatic situation. mayor hunter: it is. -- making it very difficult for people in lake charles. pres. trump: you have a great reputation. thank you very much. michael dan ahae. how are you doing, michael? that's the mayor of salzburg. where you hit like this one?
problem, and we will supply what we have to supply, and you know what that is. i think it is all green, right? after speaking with you and john tierney i went to recognize cassidy and congressman ralph abraham, two great people. ,ill has gone through a problem but i spoke to him the other day, and it sounds like he is doing well. he has been with, along with john, a terrific senator. a hurricane laura was category 4 storm, and it was actually, for a little while at 5. it was up to 175, almost 180 miles an hour. few people have every been heard of that, with winds currently, when it came in, it was at 150 most per hour, at landfall, damaging thousands of homes and causing hundreds of road blockages and mayor power outages, and i heard, i think this is correct, it was the most powerful storm coming in and
hitting your land in 150 years, coming in. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: they put their finger up, correct? i just visited the cajun navy and the relief center. they are fantastic. i want to thank the pastors, and we had a great pastor who just gave us a little prayer, and he did not show, he gave a great prayer. he just gave it. some did not get it out as nicely, but he did a fantastic job and i want to thank all of the pastors across the state, people of faith across the state who have been helping families and communities recover. before the storm struck, i emergency declarations of john and john bel. he got that almost immediately, what you say, john? almost before the storm got here, we knew the storm was coming. wegot a very quickly, and
will be discussing things in a little while. approved a major disaster declaration, helping business and business owners, which is a little bit different, but it goes right to the individual, and i signed that already. fema has delivered 2.6 million liters of water and 1.4 million meals, and that is a lot of meals, so you are pretty busy, i guess, pete, right? that is incredible. great job. your people are incredible. i have not had one complaint, with all of the storms we have had in texas and here, i have youhad one complaint, so have done a hell of a job, pete. pete gaynor everybody. don't hire him away, folks. [laughter] .rivate enterprise don't let him leave, is that right? we are looking to restore water
to 180,000 residents and protect energy star tribune i want to thank the minimum of fema and first responders and law enforcement, which we love and cherish, and they are doing a fantastic job and don't get the kind of recognition that they should get, but actually they do, because the people of them, right? but people love them, and we appreciate our law enforcement. our hearts go out to the families that have lost loved ones. what would you say is the number right now, john? amazing. it is a tremendous number, but you were thinking it could have been a lot worse. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: amazing. so 15 years ago this week, louisiana was devastated by hurricane katrina. that seems to be -- katrina seems to be the standard, it seems to be the one that -- is it actually today?
15 years ago today. and whether you come from louisiana or fifth avenue in new york city, you know all about katrina, right? that was a bad, bad deal, and devastation. now, the devastation was far greater, even though the storm probably was not as powerful. are your levies now in good shape? gov. edwards: the best ever. pres. trump: "the best ever." that is good. getting thisoday, situation taken care of very quickly. i would like to ask governor john bel edwards to say a few words, and then if you would say a few words, we will take a few questions from the press, if you would like. we will talk about, primarily, this storm. gov. edwards: [inaudible]
i want to share with you is last night, because of your help with [inaudible]ion, pres. trump: when you think of it, louisiana has been through a lot, with the covid and with this, a couple of other things. gov. edwards: unfortunately. pres. trump: can you have both done a very good job. you have done a great job.
that is great. scalise: -- come together suchd now we have got great coordination, with fema, great, making sure we get everything we need. secretary wolf reached out -- pres. trump: and we do, steve. backs.ave their bike mike johnson, do you want to say something? residentsn: we have all the way up to the north that have been affected. [inaudible]
pres. trump: 1960 -- you are a young guy. he is a young guy! >> [inaudible] [laughter] pres. trump: a lot of miles. >> -- and all the first responders and what they have done. four years ago, if you remember for years ago -- thatally showed america you care about people in this environment. pres. trump: oh, it's a bad one.
if the water more than -- that was a bad one. thank you very much. i appreciate it. great job you are doing. >> i just want to say one thing. the major disaster declaration -- and on [inaudible] [inaudible] and you register the first time, 3362.-621- you can go online to disasterassistance.gov. register, and we can provide disaster assistance. if you don't do that -- [inaudible] >> [inaudible] >> yes, sir. right now, if we can get that phone number out, and let's get
people registered. pres. trump: can you give the information once again, please? 800-621-3362, or go to disasterassistance.gov. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: i have. it hasn't changed. [laughter] >> [inaudible] people come in and give the shirt off their back. the shelters are doing everything they can do. the mayors and others and ourselves -- there are a certain number of things that really require the government, and we do appreciate you being here. [inaudible] one last thing, you know, we are asking people to come back and give. we are asking them to do that.
[inaudible] i think it will help provide security. [inaudible] pres. trump: that's great. thank you very much. i appreciate it. people are asking, are you bringing the big generators down? are they here? >> [inaudible] pres. trump: thank you very much. any questions of any of the folks? >> [inaudible] could you possibly take that off? because we can't hear you? >> [inaudible] pres. trump: well, they are doing a very good job down here, with respect to that, but i will
asked john bel edwards to say something. gov. edwards: thank you. -- much of this past week with our community testing. we are still deploying 10,000 tests a day, but on monday, we had been doing community and church to testing across louisiana, using the national guard to test every single day, but we don't like not testing. we are going to turn that backend, and when we finally have to, and all of our national guardsmen mobilizing, because they are doing the cleanup, cutting trees down, disturbing food and water. they are managing warehouses. they will start testing as well. i appreciate the question. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: chad, do you want to answer that question? >> [inaudible]
we don't know it yet. but the area has been a storm area. there are tremendous advantages to being here. people love it. that is why they would never leave. they would not even think of it. i met a lot of people. not one person would even think of it. -- that would be the end of them, right? so this is home. john, would you like to answer that question, talking about the storm and frequency? gov. edwards: well [inaudible]
we are thankful we did not get the extra storm surge. imagine the amount of water coming through the doorway. [inaudible] and it is not just south of here. it goes all the way out, all across the state, just about every one of our congressional districts. so this was, you know, [inaudible] and i have heard that if the path was different -- we got lucky come in a sense, maybe not for the people in the way, but frankly, we got a little bit lucky, because of the path had been one way or another, this would have been by far the worst storm, the worst hurricane you have ever had. >> [inaudible]
yeah.trump: >> so we had east winds and west winds working instead of north winds. pres. trump: you got a little bit lucky. that is what i heard from some people. thank you very much. we will be making another stop soon. thank you very much. it was great. >> i have something for you. pres. trump: ok. you give it to me. here, give it to make them and i will give it to my guy. >> thank you. pres. trump: thank you so much. >> come on. come on. pres. trump: come on over here. you look like a good man. >> chad, chad! pres. trump: come here. come on over here, fellas. i want a little power. >> [inaudible] pres. trump: i want them over this. if you sell this tonight on ebay -- >> you will.
>> put your mask on for me. pres. trump: who is going to get this one? ebay, $10. >> trump tower usa. [laughter] pres. trump: thank you, fellas. are you ok? let's go, steve. >> [inaudible] >> the sheriff is right there. one right over here. pres. trump: so we are ok? all the people are good? do you have a pen? give me a piece of paper. yeah. yeah. so you will be ok? you will get it back, yeah. >> [inaudible] [indistinct conversations] >> if you have a mask, put it on, guys. pres. trump: if i put your name down, it loses a lot of value, so just sell it tonight on ebay.
[laughter] thank you. we will take good care. we are going to work with the guys. we are going to get you what you need, fast. [indistinct conversations] [laughter] >> get yours put on. pres. trump: great job. great job. >> -- goes to law school. >> that is the smartest guy in our class. pres. trump: really? i thought he was smart. >> thank you for being here, sir. god bless you. we are with you. [indistinct conversations] >> i appreciate it. pres. trump: co., you changed! we will get you. >> he has got a mask. [indistinct conversations]
[laughter] pres. trump: yeah, i need it. thank you. [indistinct conversations] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2020] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [indistinct conversations] >> president trump continues his tour of storm damage and meeting with first responders and residents with a visit to orange, texas, near the louisiana border. that is live, around 4:35 p.m. eastern, on c-span.
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