By Justin Sink
President Obama will travel to Oklahoma on Sunday to survey the damage from the deadly tornado that devastated the town of Moore and left dozens dead.
"He will visit with the affected families as well as meet with first responders," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.
Federal officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Craig Fugate are already on the ground in the state, coordinating federal resources and meeting with local officials.
On Tuesday, Carney said the timing of the president's visit would be "based on the president's insistence that his travel does not interfere with recovery efforts, does not drain resources from those efforts."
Earlier Tuesday, Obama pledged that local officials “would have all the resources that they need at their disposal.”
Carney also said earlier in the week that "right now, FEMA has sufficient resources" to respond to the Oklahoma tornado, but federal authorities would continue to monitor the recovery process.
"It is too early to assess what kind of needs there will be as Oklahoma moves from the immediate recovery to assessing the long-term damage," Carney said.