July 12, 2019 / 10:28 AM / 7 days ago

Trump declares state of emergency in Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a "social media summit" meeting with prominent conservative social media figures in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump declared a State of Emergency in Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry, the White House said in a statement late on Thursday.

The declaration frees up money and federal resources that the state can use in coping with the storm and its aftermath.

Reporting by Rich McKay; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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