Trump arrives in North Carolina to survey Florence damage

HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump has arrived in storm-ravaged North Carolina to take in the devastation left by Florence.

Trump traveled south Wednesday as the state was still grappling with massive recovery efforts. He was heading to a briefing at a Marine Corps air station where Air Force One landed in the coastal town of Havelock, one of many communities hit by the torrential rains.

Trump told reporters as he departed the White House that he will also visit South Carolina before he returns to the White House later Wednesday.

The president says he wants to say "hello" to everyone from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the military that are working hard to help residents recover from the storm.

Adds Trump: "I think it will be an incredible day."

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with FEMA Administrator Brock Long as he arrives to participate in a briefing on Hurricane Florence recovery efforts at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina, U.S., September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a briefing on Hurricane Florence recovery efforts at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina, U.S., September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a briefing with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper on Hurricane Florence recovery efforts at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, North Carolina, U.S., September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine (L) and Chief of Staff John Kelly talk before U.S. President Donald Trump departs the White House in Washington, U.S., September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before departing the White House in Washington, U.S., September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. President Donald Trump departs the White House in Washington, U.S., September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One as he departs Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, U.S., on his way to visit areas affected by Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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