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Edwards meets with Trump, talks Louisiana flood recovery
BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards met privately with Donald Trump while the president-elect was in Baton Rouge to rally for the Republican candidate in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race.
The Democratic governor said he congratulated Trump on his victory and updated him on Louisiana's recovery from two different floods this year. Trump last visited the state in August, meeting with victims after floodwaters wrecked southern parishes.
Edwards, who supported Hillary Clinton for president, said he appreciated Trump's time Friday and had a "brief, but positive conversation about our state's needs in order to complete the rebuilding process."
He said Trump "expressed his love for our great state."
Trump headlined a rally for Senate candidate John Kennedy ahead of Saturday's election. Edwards said he and Trump agreed to meet again after the inauguration.
Edwards released the following statement on his visit with Trump:
”I appreciate President-elect Trump taking the time to briefly visit with me during his trip to Louisiana today. During our visit, I had the opportunity to again congratulate him on his victory and update him on our disaster recovery efforts since his visit in August. We had a brief, but positive, conversation about our state's needs in order to complete the rebuilding process, and he expressed his love for our great state. President-elect Trump and his administration will play a vital role in securing additional assistance for recovery from the March and August floods. I reiterated my enthusiasm to partner with him, and the President-elect and I agreed to meet again after the inauguration to discuss issues important to Louisiana in more detail.”
Trump also tweeted, thanking Trump for the visit:
Thank you for the visit, @realDonaldTrump. It was great to meet you. Look forward to working with you & your new administration. -JBE #lagov— Gov John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) December 9, 2016
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