Pence pledges federal support to NC tornado victims

Vice President Pence visited Greensboro, N.C., on Friday, pledging the Trump administrations's support for tornado victims in the state.

Pence toured storm damage in a Greensboro neighborhood Friday morning alongside Transportation Secretary Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoMnuchin, Pompeo mulled plan to remove Trump after Jan. 6: book Saluting FOIA on its birthday House passes bill to strengthen authority of federal watchdogs MORE, and expressed his condolences to the family of the one person killed in the storms that ravaged the area Sunday night.


"We grieve for the family that lost a loved one," Pence told local news affiliate WXII. "When you think of the magnitude of this storm ... I'm very impressed with our first responders."

Pence also proclaimed that "whatever federal resources" local leaders requested for storm cleanup "will be available."

The storm destroyed businesses and homes, and left one private school, Erwin Montessori School, closed for the rest of the year.

Pence toured the damage alongside Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerFormer GOP Rep. Mark Walker fielding calls about dropping NC Senate bid, running for House Internal poll shows McCrory with double-digit lead in North Carolina GOP Senate primary We are all paying for DeSantis' defiance of the First Amendment MORE (R-N.C.), and praised the efforts of Walker and the state's Gov. Roy Cooper (D) in the wake of the storm.

WXII reports that the vice president will also headline a fundraising event for Walker, who is running unopposed in the GOP primary but faces a Democratic challenger in November.

"These people and these traits are what it’s all about. Our community will overcome and return even stronger. We will do it hand-in-hand, neighbor-to-neighbor. Thank you to all of those who have served and will continue to serve," Walker wrote in a Facebook post alongside with pictures of himself surveying damage.