Louisiana Governor Says No to Trump ‘Photo Op,’ Asks For Relief Fund Donation Instead

Trump811a-e1470930318861The politics of natural disasters still looms large in the United States, especially when the state of Louisiana is involved. On Thursday, the state’s best-selling newspaper The Advocate demanded that President Obama cut his vacation short in order to tour flood damage that has displaced tens of thousands, and on Thursday night, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA) released a statement suggesting that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump‘s hastily-organized Friday visit to Baton Rouge is nothing but a photo op:

“Donald Trump hasn’t called the governor to inform him of his visit,” a spokesman for Edwards’ office said in a statement Thursday evening. “We welcome him to LA but not for a photo-op. Instead we hope he’ll consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of the storm.”

Governor Bel Edwards also wrote, this week, that now is not a good time for President Obama to visit, either.

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