Trump pledges federal help after deadly Southern storms
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President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE pledged federal aid for Southern states damaged by deadly storms this weekend.

"The tornadoes were vicious and powerful and strong, and they suffered greatly," Trump said Sunday of several states. "So we'll be helping out.”

Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Alabama were hit with devastating storms and tornadoes this weekend, killing at least 18 people, Reuters reported.


Homes were destroyed and tens of thousands of power outages were reported throughout the states.

Trump said he spoke with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) on Sunday and planned to speak with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) as well. 

Trump expressed his condolences for the lives lost and damaged caused during the swearing-in ceremony for his top advisers on Sunday.