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Friday 18 October 2019

Trump to tour tornado devastation in Alabama

President Trump is expected to tour rural Lee County in eastern Alabama, where 23 people died on Sunday.

Tornado damage in Alabama (Mickey Welsh /The Montgomery Advertiser/AP)
Tornado damage in Alabama (Mickey Welsh /The Montgomery Advertiser/AP)

By Jill Colvin, Associated Press

President Donald Trump is heading to Alabama to survey the damage from a deadly tornado outbreak that devastated a small town, killing several people.

President Trump is expected to tour rural Lee County in eastern Alabama, where 23 people died on Sunday in an E4 tornado that carved a path of destruction nearly a mile wide.

It was one of at least 36 tornadoes confirmed to have touched down across the south east of the country in a deadly weekend outbreak.

President Trump has said he has instructed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to give Alabama “the A Plus treatment” as the state recovers, marking the latest example of the president’s differing rhetoric concerning states that voted for and against him.

President Trump had already been scheduled to fly south on Friday for a weekend at his private Mar-a-Lago club.

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