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BEAUREGARD, Ala. (BP) -- President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited storm-ravaged Lee County, Ala. on Friday (Mar. 8) in the aftermath of an EF-4 tornado that killed 23 people.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania visited with several family members who lost loved ones in the March 3 tornado that hit Lee County, Ala., and Rusty Sowell, senior pastor of Providence Baptist Church, prior to addressing survivors and volunteers in the church’s sanctuary.
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After disembarking from Air Force One, Trump met with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, telling her that he had seen "unbelievable" destruction during his flight, according to The New York Times. See related Baptist Press report.
Trump traveled to Beauregard, Ala., and toured the area on the ground, shaking hands, visiting survivors and witnessing some of the destruction. Trump and the First Lady also paused to view the 23 crosses set up to memorialize the victims.
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Along with touring the damaged area, Trump also met with volunteers at Providence Baptist Church in Beauregard, which has been used as a staging area for the response.
Trump visited privately with several family members who lost loved ones and Rusty Sowell, senior pastor of Providence Baptist Church, prior to addressing survivors and volunteers.
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Many gathered inside the church to hear from Trump who visited survivors and thanked first responders and volunteers for their efforts to help the community. Trump and Melania signed hats and other memorabilia for those who asked.
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