Trump expected to visit Cape Fear region next week

Trump expected to visit Cape Fear region next week

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - President Donald Trump is expected to visit southeast North Carolina next week.

A White House spokesperson said that the president would be making a trip to areas affected by Hurricane Florence sometime next week, after the storm is over.

The announcement said the president would wait to visit until the trip would not encumber the efforts of first responders.

"The President is expected to travel to areas affected by the storm early to middle of next week, once it is determined his travel will not disrupt any rescue or recovery efforts."

The Associated Press reported that according to White House aides, Trump has been monitoring Florence from the White House, and he has taken to Twitter to encourage North and South Carolinians to listen to authorities and stay safe.

According to White House spokesman Hogan Gidley, Trump called Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (NC), Mayor Vie Lyles (Charlotte, NC), and Mayor Bobbie Jones (Princeville, NC) to assure them the federal government stood ready and prepared to help with anything needed during this natural disaster.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo heard from the president Thursday. Saffo received a call from Trump — originally in the middle of a press conference.

WECT was able to speak with Saffo after the call.

"He offered any kind of assistance at the federal level," Saffo said. "He understands this is a pretty significant event for our community."

Saffo said Vice President Mike Pence was also on the call.

The president has ties in Wilmington, as his son, Eric's wife, Lara Yunaska Trump, is originally from the area.

This also won't be the first time Trump has visited the Cape Fear region, as he held a campaign rally at Trask Coliseum in 2016.

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