President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he will visit Tennessee on Friday following a string of deadly tornadoes that authorities have confirmed killed at least 19 people in the state.
“Before I begin, I want to send my warm wishes to the great people of Tennessee in the wake of the horrible and very vicious tornado that killed at least 19 people and injured many more,” Trump said at the beginning of his remarks at the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference on Tuesday.
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President Trump said that his administration is working with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee (R) and other state officials “to make sure that everything is done properly.”
“FEMA is already on the ground and I’ll be going there on Friday,” Pres. Trump said. “Our hearts are full of sorrow for the lives that were lost.”
Officials say the deaths occurred in at least four central Tennessee counties, including Davidson (which contains Nashville) Putnam, Benton and Wilson. The tornadoes also damaged dozens of homes and buildings. At least 45 buildings collapsed in Nashville, the state’s capital and most populous city.
“We have had loss of life all across this state,” Gov. Lee, who has declared a state of emergency, said Tuesday. “There are folks missing.”
Meanwhile, as Tennesseans get ready to head to the polls for the Super Tuesday primaries, state officials have been doing everything they can to ensure voters can still get to the polls.