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Trump takes shot at Obama golfing amid Gulf Coast flooding

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 00:43

While touring flood-damaged Louisiana, U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump takes a shot at President Barack Obama for his decision not to cut short a vacation on Martha's Vineyard where he has been golfing. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump appeared on Friday to agree with some residents of Louisiana who have urged President Barack Obama to cut short a vacation on Martha's Vineyard in New England to view the flood devastation in the state. Trump was visiting some of the impacted communities when a woman in the crowd said "we are glad you are not playing golf in Martha's Vineyard," to which Trump replied "somebody is that shouldn't be." Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has said that he would prefer the president wait a few weeks before visiting, as the huge presidential security undertaking involved would interfere with recovery efforts. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate have visited Louisiana. Both defended Obama's decision not to come. The president has declared much of the state a federal disaster, freeing up emergency resources. In 2005, then-President George W. Bush, a Republican, drew criticism for declining to immediately visit the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. Some 86,500 people have already filed for federal aid following the historic levels of rainfall in the Gulf, while thousands have sought refuge in shelters. Entire neighborhoods must now contend with flood-hit homes. Obama's vacation is due to end on Sunday.

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Trump takes shot at Obama golfing amid Gulf Coast flooding

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 00:43