August 22, 2016

PIVOT: Why Louisiana governor says Trump’s visit was ‘helpful’

The visit, and the accompanying press coverage, were beneficial in drawing attention to the situation in Louisiana, Gov. Edwards said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, also noting his appreciation for a “good phone call” with vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, whom Edwards described as “sincere and genuine.”

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has faced criticism from some for not yet visiting Louisiana, instead finishing out a family vacation to Martha’s Vineyard. (Governor Edwards has defended the president, saying that the White House offered to visit but the state told them to hold off until the immediate response phase was finished.) The president is scheduled to visit Louisiana next week.

Next week?

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