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Trump: I've told FEMA to give Alabama 'the A Plus treatment'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE on Monday said he has directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to give Alabama “the A Plus treatment” after a string of deadly tornadoes ripped through the state.

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“FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes,” Trump tweeted.

Trump said that Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has been informed and is “working closely with FEMA (and me!).” 

 

At least 23 people were killed over the weekend in Lee County, Ala., when two tornadoes destroyed homes and uprooted trees. Authorities there said children were among those killed.

The tornadoes were part of a series of storms that left a trail of destruction through Alabama, Florida and Georgia. 

The Trump administration has a mixed record on disaster recovery, earning praise for its response to Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas in 2017, but receiving widespread criticism for its efforts in Puerto Rico, where 2,975 were killed by Hurricane Maria. 

He also threatened to pull federal funding from California last fall as it was dealing with deadly wildfires, accusing the state of “gross mismanagement.”

Alabama is deep-red state that strongly backed Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Updated at 11:39 a.m. with President Trump's corrected tweet.