Trump to visit North Carolina on Wednesday in aftermath of Florence

Trump to visit North Carolina on Wednesday in aftermath of Florence
© Getty

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time MORE will visit North Carolina on Wednesday to view areas affected by Hurricane Florence, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House will release additional details as they are available.

CNN reported that Trump will additionally visit Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Sens. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottJuan Williams: Nowhere to go for black Republicans Tim Scott: Stop giving court picks with 'questionable track records on race' a Senate vote Ocasio-Cortez, Tim Scott, Becerra among Bloomberg's 50 most noteworthy in 2018 MORE (R-S.C.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOval Office clash ups chances of shutdown Republicans skeptical of Trump’s plan to have military build the wall Corker to introduce resolution holding Saudi crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi's death MORE (R-S.C.) are expected to join the president.

ADVERTISEMENT

More than 30 people have died from Florence, which has been downgraded to a tropical depression since it made landfall last Friday. The storm has dumped huge amounts of rain on North Carolina and parts of South Carolina in recent days, leading to severe flooding.

Hundreds of thousands of residents in the Carolinas are without power, and parts of Virginia have experienced heavy rainfall as well.

Trump has been unflinchingly positive about his administration's response to the storm, repeatedly praising the Federal Emergency Management Agency and first responders for their work thus far.

Trump assured last week that the government was "absolutely and totally prepared" to respond to Florence. He declared a state of emergency in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia ahead of the storm to free up additional resources.

On Tuesday, the president lobbed an unprompted attack on Democrats, claiming they will "lie" and criticize his administration's response to Florence regardless of its success.

The president has faced criticism for his handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last year, which he has insisted was an "unsung, incredible success" despite nearly 3,000 people dying in the six months after the storm.