NASHVILLE, Tennessee – President Donald Trump arrived in Nashville Friday morning to see, first-hand, the devastation from this week’s tornadoes that claimed 25 lives in Middle Tennessee.
Air Force One landed at Berry Field Air National Guard Base, near Nashville International Airport, at around 10 a.m. Central Standard Time.
Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee and his wife Marie, along with U.S. Republican Senate candidate Bill Hagerty, were among the officials who greeted Trump at 10:12 a.m. as he stepped off Air Force One.
President Trump greeted the Tennessee contingent warmly.
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Nashville Mayor John Cooper, Mt. Juliet Mayor Edward Hagerty, Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto, and Benton County Mayor Brett Lashlee also greeted Trump, according to a White House Press Office email.
Trump did not speak to the assembled press and soon boarded a Marine One aircraft to see the aftermath of this week’s tornadoes.
As The Tennessee Star reported, Trump directed aid to Tennessee to supplement state and local recovery efforts due to widespread damage caused by Monday’s overnight storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding.
“The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Davidson, Putnam, and Wilson Counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster,” according to a White House statement.
“Federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in Davidson, Putnam, and Wilson Counties. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.”
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