Huckabee: 'Disgrace' Obama hasn't visited Louisiana after floods
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Mike Huckabee is slamming President Obama for not visiting Louisiana as it recovers from a devastating flood.

“I’m outraged for my neighbors in the south of me in Louisiana," Huckabee, a supporter of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE and former Arkansas governor, said on Fox Business's "Mornings with Maria" on Friday.


"The fact that he has remained playing golf on Martha’s Vineyard is a disgrace to the office of the presidency," he continued, according to a transcript. 

Obama declared a federal disaster in Louisiana over the weekend and received a briefing by phone from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials while on vacation.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also toured the flood damage in Louisiana on Thursday.

Huckabee argued that Obama should visit the state not because he could "fix" the flooding but because he could raise awareness of the disaster. Where elected officials go, "the cameras go; when the cameras go, people know," he said.

"It mobilizes resources and it also means when that president or governor or mayor shows up they see how devastating it is" and marshal resources, Huckabee said. "He has not shown up, and it’s disgraceful, and it’s a dereliction of duty."

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceBill Maher says he's 'glad' David Koch is dead Five things to know about David Koch Former sheriff's deputy files lawsuit claiming he was fired for not wanting to be alone with a woman MORE, are slated to tour Baton Rouge, La., on Friday.

Obama has received some flak for not visiting the state, with a local newspaper calling for him to cut short his vacation and see the damage.

About 40,000 homes have been damaged by the flooding, and more than 70,000 people have registered for FEMA assistance, according to the White House. At least 13 people died.

But there have been concerns over local resources being redirected away from the flood recovery efforts to handle the visit of a major political figure.

Louisiana Gov. Bel Edwards (D) said Friday while Obama is welcome to visit, he should stay away from the state for at least a week or two so as to not divert resources to road closures and security.