Clinton: Visiting La. would be distraction to flood relief efforts
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE called Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) Friday to discuss the deadly flooding in the state, the Democratic presidential nominee said in a statement.

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"The flooding there is bigger than anyone expected — more than 40,000 homes have been damaged and more than 100,000 people have been affected," Clinton wrote on her Facebook page. 

"My heart breaks for Louisiana, and right now, the relief effort can't afford any distractions. The very best way this team can help is to make sure Louisianans have the resources they need."

Some 40,000 homes have been damaged, and at least 13 people are dead in Louisiana in what's been called the worst U.S. storm since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. 

In her post, Clinton encouraged supporters to donate to the Red Cross or the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. She also sent the message out in an email to supporters with links to donation pages for both organizations.

"These are our friends, our family members, our community — and they’re counting on us to reach out with open arms right now. This team has done so much for me," she said.

"Now I’m asking you to show that same support to the victims in Louisiana, so that we can begin to rebuild together."

President Obama similarly has put off a visit to the area, which the governor said would divert emergency resources to security.

Clinton's Republican rival, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE, and his running mate, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceUS military satellites are vulnerable to hacking — but Trump's 'Space Force' could help fix that Jewish group plans DC protest to occupy ICE detention centers Trump to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants at US-Mexico border MORE, visited Baton Rouge Friday.