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Obama offers aid after deadly Ark. tornado

President Obama pledged federal assistance to the victims of a deadly tornado that ripped through Arkansas, killing at least 17 people on Sunday.

Speaking at a press conference in the Philippines, Obama offered his “deepest condolences” and hailed the “heroic efforts” of first responders who rushed into the aftermath of the storm.

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The president said FEMA was on the ground and would work with local officials as the search for survivors continued. He said the storm had “damaged or destroyed homes and businesses and communities across multiple states.”

"I want everyone affected by this tragedy know that FEMA and the federal government is on the ground and will help our fellow Americans in need, working with state and local officials, and I want everybody to know that your country will be there to help you recover and rebuild as long as it takes,” Obama said.

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