Trump signs Bibles during Alabama disaster visit

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE on Friday signed Bibles for people affected by a string of deadly storms that ripped through Alabama.

The president made the gesture while visiting a Baptist church in Opelika, Ala., that is serving as a disaster relief center.

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Local volunteer Ada Ingram told reporters that Trump signed several hats and Bibles, including one for a 12-year-old boy, an action which drew applause from people who came to see Trump.

“I enjoyed him coming,” said Ingram, who said she voted for Trump and would again in 2020. “I think it’s a godsend. I’m sorry. The situation is bad. And there are going to be people who will say 'why did he come to my town?' I don’t know why. I don’t why the hurricane happened [either]. But there is a reason."

The president and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpTrump introduces Mariano Rivera for Medal of Freedom ceremony with Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' Trump awards Yankees legend Mariano Rivera the Medal of Freedom The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE spent much of the day touring areas in Lee County, Ala., that were damaged by the tornadoes, which killed 23 people including several children, and meeting with victims.

Trump signed an emergency disaster declaration earlier this week authorizing federal aid for the area.