Former officials worry that by making natural disasters political Trump is making things ‘dangerous’ for people trying to recover on the ground

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump went to Alabama on Friday to survey the damage caused by devastating tornadoes that tore through the state over the weekend and killed 23 people. Trump’s visit to Alabama comes after a controversial tweet he wrote pledging to give the state “A Plus treatment” in the wake of the disaster. Some argue the tweet highlights the president’s political leanings when it comes to addressing natural disasters. The president’s pledge for relief in Alabama comes after he threatened to cut federal aid in California and Puerto Rico, which also experienced major disasters and have been critical of his administration. Disaster experts told INSIDER that Trump’s tweets and rhetoric have cast doubt on FEMA’s efforts as an apolitical agency to provide relief to survivors.

President Donald Trump and the first lady visited Alabama on Friday to survey damaged areas and offer support to locals after a slate of deadly tornadoes ripped across the region last weekend, killing 23 people, including four children.

After touching down in Fort Benning, Georgia, the couple headed to Lee County, Alabama, where much of the damage occurred. They flew over the tornado-torn county to assess the damage, traveled to a disaster-relief center to thank first responders and meet with survivors and volunteers, and stopped at a memorial to honor victims, CNN reported.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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