Before Trump’s visit to flood-ravaged Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards expressed concerns about the nominee’s visit and hoped that it did not turn into a photo op. a statement released by his office said, “We welcome him to Louisiana, but not for a photo-op. Instead we hope he’ll consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of the storm.”
The mainstream media portrayed it as the Louisiana Governor saying, “we don’t want Trump to visit.”
In an interview on CNN, Edwards clarified his remarks and even had the guts to call out the media for mischaracterizing what he said.
“I didn’t dismiss his trip as a photo-op. Before he came down, I said we welcome him here, we want him to be helpful. And we hope that it doesn’t turn into a mere photo-op,” Edwards said.
Edwards said Trump’s visit to the state turned out to be a positive thing for Louisiana because it “helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here, that it was helpful.”
Edwards also said he appreciated the phone call he had with Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who he said was sincere and genuine.
Watch the interview below:
It was good that Edwards came to set the record straight.
Watch below to see the coverage of Trump’s visit to Louisiana:
During this crisis, Trump looked more presidential than President Obama or his opponent Hillary Clinton.