After submerging North Carolina with almost 3 feet of rain, the storm dumped more than 6.5 inches of rain in the Northeast, where it caused flash flooding. He asked the crowd of reporters, residents and handlers who were escorting him on his tour of the post-Florence wreckage, "That boat is wiped out, or not?"
Allison Cavenaugh and her husband, who own a home and a poultry farm with 80,000 chickens in Wallace, North Carolina, returned home for the first time this week on a boat just to find out that their chickens have drowned.
Trump made the remark while handing out meals to hurricane victims in New Bern, North Carolina.
Former linebacker Kevin Reddick, who played for the team from 2009 through 2012, contacted the Heels to ask if they could help donate and collect items for his hometown of New Bern, which was ravaged by the storm. "To see what we're seeing - this boat, I don't know what happened, but this boat just came here". And, do you know whose boat that is? Smith also grows sweet potatoes, and doesn't know when he's going to get back out to harvest them.
In Lumberton, where the Lumber River still covered parts of town, water was deep enough that vehicles passing by on streets sent wakes into partially submerged homes, businesses and a church. They were placed on leave pending an investigation. MSNBC brought up climate in 13 percent of its Florence reports, considerably ahead of CNN's 4 percent; Fox discussed climate in 10 percent of 51 segments on Florence, but, the study noted, "All five of Fox News Network's mentions of climate change were segments denying the relationship between the storm and climate change".
"That's nice", Trump reportedly replied. "SC loves you", he told Trump.
"Hurricane Florence came in and stayed ... left record amounts of rain", he said. It was observed that the event felt more like a campaign rally than a sympathy tour. "Our state took a gut punch, Mr. President, and our people are still reeling", as farmers lose crops, roads remain blocked off and residents lose their homes. On the same trip, Trump complained that relief efforts in Puerto Rico had thrown the country's budget "a little out of whack". More recently, Trump has faced blowback over his repeated denials about the widely accepted death toll from Maria.
"HSUS is heartbroken by the reports of the catastrophic numbers of farmed animal deaths resulting from the flooding related to Hurricane Florence", the organization told EcoWatch via email, adding that the animals "needlessly lost their lives".
"We are all with you a hundred percent and we will get through it, I think the most exciting part is the rebuilding, there's a lot, I flew over it, and there's a lot of damage and you haven't really been hit yet compared to what's coming".
Observers were quick to note one possible explanation for the president's interest in the area: a Trump National Golf Club is located on the shores of Lake Norman.