President Joe Biden is set to visit Louisiana on Friday to see firsthand the devastation left by Hurricane Ida. The storm hammered the state last week when it hit as a Category 4 hurricane. Biden is scheduled to give a speech Thursday outlining the administration’s response plan. He is expected to meet with local and state leaders during his visit.
Ida, the fifth most powerful storm to strike the U.S. in history with winds of 150 mph, left over a million people without power and caused billions in damages.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president would not visit if his being there would slow recovery efforts, Democratic Gov. Jon Bel Edwards said that the visit is crucial for Biden to gain a full understanding of the urgent needs in Louisiana,
“There’s nothing quite like visiting in person,” Edwards told reporters Wednesday. “When you see it for yourself, it is just so much more compelling.”
The governor commented that the list of requests for the president would be “very, very long”.
At least six deaths have been attributed to the hurricane according to local authorities.
Louisiana Republican U.S. Sen Bill Cassidy thanked Biden in a statement for coming to the state to “help him understand the magnitude of the situation here in southeast Louisiana.”
“We know from bitter experience with Hurricane Laura that aid can be delayed too long,” Cassidy wrote.
Biden’s visit comes in the wake of the nightmare that was his chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. Perhaps it would have been better if he had visited Kabul to see that situation for himself.
Much to the dismay of many of the families of the fallen servicemen and women, Biden was at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Sunday for the arrival of the 13 U.S.service members that lost their lives in an ISIS-K suicide bombing at the Kabul airport during the chaotic evacuation from Afghanistan.