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Pence on Trump: "A man of compassion"

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 01:08

As President Obama toured flood-ravaged Louisiana, Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence recalled Donald Trump's trip to Louisiana last week calling Trump, ''a man of compassion.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: As President Barack Obama toured flood-ravaged Louisiana, Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Mike Pence recalled Donald Trump's trip to Louisiana last week calling Trump, "A man of compassion." Pence said, "One family, an 83-year old man and his wife had seven feet of water in their home...and Donald Trump walked into that home, put his arms around that family and said, you are going to rebuild, because I can tell the kind of people that you are. He's an encourager, he's a man of compassion," he told supporters in Pennsylvania. President Obama said that residents of Louisiana have had their lives "upended" by historic flooding in parts of the state, while suggesting Congress may be asked to provide more funding once disaster needs become clear. Obama met with state officials in Baton Rouge to discuss the federal government's response to the flooding, which has dumped more than 2-1/2 feet (76 cm) of rain on parts of Louisiana. The floods have killed at least 13 people and damaged more than 60,000 homes. Some criticized Obama for not cutting short his two-week vacation on Martha's Vineyard in New England to go to Louisiana. Trump, who toured the state on Friday, said the Democratic president should have visited earlier. But during his visit, Obama said "this is not a photo opp. issue" and Americans should continue to support Louisiana flood victims in the months to come. He said 10,000 people have already applied for federal assistance so far. "As of today, federal support has reached $127 million," the president said.

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Pence on Trump: "A man of compassion"

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 01:08