Alabama senator: Tornado recovery is 'going great'

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) on Monday said that recovery efforts are "going great" after tornadoes left 23 dead in Alabama last week.

“I think it’s going great," the Alabama lawmaker said on CNN's "New Day."


“I was down there 3 or 4 days afterwards and it was amazing what the first responders had done, how they were cleaning up. Everyone has stepped up. EMA [Emergency Management Agency], the churches, the faith community, everyone has stepped up. The hospital did an extraordinary job in a matter of hours, dealing with all this."

"The Poarch Band of [Creek] Indians have stepped up, and they are paying for all of the funerals, because it is a very poor area of Alabama," Jones added.

Lee County, Ala., has been struggling after the damage dealt by the tornadoes.

Three children, ages 6, 9 and 10, were among those killed in the deadliest U.S. tornado since 2013.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump pushes back over whistleblower controversy White House releases menu for Australian state dinner MORE visited the region and met with victims' families on Friday. Trump also signed an emergency disaster declaration that authorized federal aid for parts of the state.