President Obama said Tuesday that he will visit Missouri on Sunday to meet with those affected by devastating tornadoes that killed at least 116 people in Joplin over the weekend.
In remarks from London, Obama said he would visit the state "to talk with folks who’ve been affected, to talk to local officials about our response effort and hopefully to pray with folks and give them whatever assurance and comfort I can that the entire country is going to be behind them."
The president spoke Monday with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and dispatched Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel and resources to the affected areas. FEMA Director Craig Fugate traveled to Missouri on Monday to meet with state and local officials.
Obama said he told Nixon "we will give him every ounce of resources the federal government may have that we can bring to bear on this situation."
"I know that a lot of people are wondering how they’ll get through the coming days or months or even years, but I want everybody in Joplin, everybody in Missouri, everybody in Minnesota, everybody across the Midwest to know that we are here for you," Obama said, speaking from Winfield House, the residence of the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. "The American people are by your side. We’re going to stay there until every home is repaired, until every neighborhood is rebuilt, until every business is back on its feet. That's my commitment, and that's the American people’s commitment."