Presidential Arrival: Here's What Happened When Trump, Not Obama, Came To Louisiana

August 19, 2016Aug 19, 2016

You would have thought the President of the United States had arrived in Louisiana with the reception he got, but instead of Barack Obama, it was GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence who pulled into town.

Obama has been facing a backlash of criticism for staying on vacation in the midst of the worst natural disaster in the U.S. in four years. Critics have been pointed out how much President George W. Bush was lambasted by Obama and others for not showing up right away after Hurricane Katrina, although he did soon cut his vacation short in Idaho and visit New Orleans.

According to ABC News, the governor of Louisiana aid he was OK with Obama not being there because it would require redirecting critical resources to protect the president.

But Trump's arrival in the state today did not seem unwanted by the awaiting crowds, according to The Gateway Pundit.

One woman said to Trump, "We knew you'd be here!"

Video shows people cheering as Trump arrived with his entourage and personally began unloading supplies from a truck.

Trump very briefly addressed a news reporter who asked him, "Why do you think it was important to come to Louisiana today?

He replied, "It's a great place. I've had a great history with Louisiana. They need a lot of help. What's happened here is incredible. Nobody understands how bad it is; it's really incredible. So I'm just here to help. Thank you."

Trump also spoke with flood victims, toured the damage, and thanked first-responders. One flood survivor teared up during a news interview when speaking about the devastation and how much it meant to him to have Trump visit.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton called Trump's visit simply a "distraction," according to CBS 8.

And this just in: According to NBC Nightly News, Obama has finally decided to visit Baton Rouge next Tuesday.

According to The Advocate, up to 110,000 homes may have been affected by the floods.