Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promises to aid flood victims in south Louisiana as well as the inner city areas of the country if elected president in November. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday (August 19) promised to help voters at opposite ends of the political spectrum. During a speech to supporters in Michigan, he promised to aid victims of catastrophic flooding in mainly-white areas of south Louisiana, and called on President Barack Obama to "get off the golf course and get down there." He also promised to bring jobs to African-Americans in the country's inner cities voters, telling them it was time to switch to the Republican party, saying, "what the hell do you have to lose?" Earlier in the day, Trump visited flooded areas of south Louisiana, where one woman appeared to criticize the President for not cutting short his vacation on Martha's Vineyard to tour the flood-ravaged areas. The criticism comes despite an appeal from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Thursday (August 18) for the president to wait a few weeks before visiting, because it would divert resources from the rescue effort into providing security for the president. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate have visited Louisiana. Both defended Obama's decision not to come. The president has declared much of the state a federal disaster, freeing up emergency resources. In 2005, then-President George W. Bush, a Republican, drew criticism for declining to immediately visit the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.