Former Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuCassidy wins reelection in Louisiana Bottom line A decade of making a difference: Senate Caucus on Foster Youth MORE (D-La.) on Friday thanked Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE for visiting Louisiana in the wake of intense floods.
"I want to thank Mr. Trump for coming to Louisiana," Landrieu said on CNN's "Wolf," adding that she thought the visit was helpful for the devastation-wracked state.
Landrieu said she thought Gov. John Bel Edwards' (D) "admonition" that Trump not come to the state for a photo-op "is a good one."
Still, Landrieu said, the GOP presidential nominee "brought attention to our state, and we need that now because this disaster ... is far larger than people can appreciate on television."
Landrieu noted that rain leading to intense flooding covered several parts of the state outside Baton Rouge, where Trump visited Friday with his running mate Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence says he hopes conservative majority on Supreme Court will restrict abortion access Federal judge to hear case of Proud Boy alleged Jan. 6 rioter seeking release from jail The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit MORE.
"This was a horrible rain event," Landrieu said.
Landrieu, who is now an adviser at a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, served for three terms in the Senate before losing her 2014 reelection bid to Republican Bill Cassidy.
Bel Edwards also said he didn't want President Obama to visit for at least a week or two because he didn't want to divert resources to road closures and security detail.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE wrote on Facebook that she spoke with the Louisiana governor, adding "flooding there is bigger than anyone expected" and while her "heart breaks for Louisiana," the relief effort "can't afford any distractions."