Donald Trump Lands In Flooding Louisiana As Obama Golfs

Donald Trump Louisiana Flood Obama Vacation
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Aug. 19 2016, Published 7:35 p.m. ET

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Donald Trump spent over three hours visiting flood-stricken communities in Louisiana on Friday, while Barack Obama remained on vacation. And where was Hillary Clinton?

The Republican presidential nominee toured neighborhoods devastated by flooding nearly as intense as the deluge in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit.

"They need a lot of help," Trump said of the flood victims. "What's happened here is incredible. Nobody understands how bad it is, it's really incredible. So I'm just here to help."

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Trump took the visit as an opportunity to play interim president while Obama remained on vacation in Martha's Vineyard. On Thursday Obama was caught playing golf with comedian Larry David.

"It is good Trump and Pence are going to Louisiana to help fellow Americans who are in pain," former House speaker Newt Gingrich tweeted. "Sad that Obama can't leave vacation for one day."

The Washington Post reported that Obama would stay out on the links because "he believes he can monitor the situation as well — or better — from where he is. And that the sole reason to go to Louisiana is for the theatrical piece of politics, a piece that he not only rejects, but detests."

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But it remained a sensitive subject for critics. During Trump's visit, one woman in the crowd told him she was glad he was not somewhere else, playing golf.

"Somebody is, somebody is that shouldn't be," Trump retorted, according to USA Today.



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