President Trump visits North Carolina, hands out warm meals to Florence victims

Posted at 11:37 AM, Sep 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-19 12:37:25-04

President Donald Trump is handing out warm meals and a bit of encouragement to some North Carolinians recovering from Hurricane Florence.

Trump is assisting volunteers at Temple Baptist Church in New Bern, North Carolina, Wednesday.

(Video courtesy CNN)

He’s passing out Styrofoam containers with food, including hot dogs, chips and fruit and asking how those driving through are doing.

“How’s the house?” he was heard asking one person. “You take care of yourself,” he said.

Trump is also applauding organizers and thanking volunteers at the site as well as posing for photos and hugging volunteers, including a young boy.

One volunteer said the site handed out 1,200 meals on Tuesday to those in need.

The president is visiting the region Wednesday after the powerful storm left widespread destruction and flooding. Officials cautioned that the flooding is not over yet.

Trump stressed his sympathy for the victims of the storm and pledged resources for recovery during an earlier storm briefing at a nearby marine base.