Trump tells Hurricane Florence survivor to 'have a good time'

Trump Provokes 'Aww's' as He Obliges Boy's Request for a Hug at Florence Relief Center

Trump will visit SC to survey damage from Hurricane Florence

President Donald Trump arrived in North Carolina on Wednesday to survey damage.

Trump eagerly obliged the boy's request, which prompted laughter and "aww's".

Later, Trump helped distribute box lunches consisting of hot dogs, chips, and fruit, to people who had waited over an hour to collect the meal.

"To the families who have lost loved ones, America grieves with you and our hearts break for you", he said. "We've never seen one like this. a storm like no other". "You're going to have to start over, that's all we can do". And to all those impacted by this bad storm, our entire American family is with you and ready to help.

"Thank you, Mr. President, for coming to North Carolina as our rescue and recovery continues", Cooper said.

Addressing roughly 10,000 people who remain in shelters and "countless more" staying elsewhere, Cooper urged them to stay put for now, particularly those from the hardest-hit coastal counties that include Wilmington, near where Florence blew ashore on Friday (Saturday NZT). He was accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FEMA chief Brock Long, North Carolina Sens. "Nearly 20,000 federal and military personnel are supporting response efforts", he said. "The waters are still rising, listen to your state and your local authorities, be patient, be alert, and God bless you".

"Our rivers are still cresting, and there is still danger for some people", he said.

High winds and flooding damaged two chicken farms that supply Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest USA meat processor, spokesman Worth Sparkman said.

The death toll from the storm rose to at least 32 in three states, with 25 fatalities in North Carolina, as remnants of the once-powerful Category 4 hurricane - now reduced to a rainy, windy mass of low pressure - dumped rain on the heavily populated north-east region.

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"We do not believe, based on on-farm assessments to date and industry-wide surveying, that there are widespread impacts to the more than 2,100 farms with more than 3,300 anaerobic treatment lagoons in the state", the council said.

North Carolina farms lost an estimated 3.4 million poultry birds and 5,500 pigs, while SC cotton farmers were also hit hard as soaked ground could damage peanut crops, and hemp stems were reported blown over, local media said.

"We're ready.to do whatever we have to do to make this ideal", Trump said Wednesday.

"The left will not skip any single moment to condemn this president", said Pete Hegseth on the Fox Business Network.

At his later stop in Conway, near Myrtle Beach, Trump greeted people as he walked along a flooded street.

Joined by a group of local and state officials, Trump promised the full support of the federal government.

Cooper, a Democrat, said he'd told the president "over and over again" that the state was "going to need significant resources to recover".

The deadly 2017 hurricane season afforded Trump several opportunities to travel to storm-torn swaths of the country and address grieving citizens - instead, critics said, he largely kept attention focused on himself.

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