Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has seemingly had a change of heart regarding the visit last Friday by Donald Trump and his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence.
Governor says Trump shined a spotlight on the state
Prior to Trump’s visit, the Democratic Governor had cautioned the Republican nominee from coming to visit the flood ravaged state if it was just a “photo-op.” However, on Sunday Gov. Edwards, appearing on CNN clarified that Trump had always been welcome if his intentions were to be helpful.
"It helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here … it was helpful. "— Gov. John Edwards on CNN
Edwards also praised GOP vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence, whom he called “sincere and genuine.”
Trump makes a $100,000 donation to local church
President Obama has received criticism for not interrupting his vacation to visit the beleaguered state. Gov. Edwards said that the White House asked about the President’s visiting earlier, but due to the extraordinary security required for a presidential visit, he recommended that the President visit later. The White House has announced that President Obama will visit Baton Rouge on Tuesday.
According to The Advocate, Trump made a donation of $100,000 to the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church to help flood victims.