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Edwards: Trump visit 'helped shine a spotlight' on Louisiana

5 years 4 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, August 21 2016 Aug 21, 2016 August 21, 2016 2:19 PM August 21, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says people around the U.S. are just starting to pay attention to the extent of flooding that killed at least 13 people in the state.

Edwards tells CNN's "State of the Nation" on Sunday that the disaster has received less attention because it wasn't a hurricane or named storm.

Edwards also thanked Donald Trump for his visit to Louisiana to survey the massive flood damage first-hand.

"It helped shine a spotlight on Louisiana and the dire situation that we have here that it was helpful," Edwards told CNN's Dana Bash.

Edwards also acknowledged that Trump made a $100,000 donation to Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, one of the locations he visited during his trip. 

Edwards, a Democrat who took office this year, says he suggested to President Barack Obama and presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett that they delay a trip to Louisiana until the initial disaster response was over and recovery efforts had started.

Obama is traveling to Baton Rouge on Tuesday.

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