After nearly two dozen people were killed by a deadly tornado outbreak in Alabama, President Trump visited the state and offered his sympathy to survivors.
The president embraced some of the tornado victims with a hug during his visit to Lee County and signed Bibles at a local church, WVTM reports.
From the report:
Volunteer Emily Pike says the president and first lady signed a small Bible owned by her 10-year-old daughter, Meredith Pike.
Pike says: “She just reached out there and said, ‘Mr. President, would you sign this?'”
Trump used a felt pen to scratch out his signature on the cover of the girl’s Bible, which is decorated with pink camouflage, and first lady Melania Trump then added her signature.
Pike says the Trumps also signed a Bible for one of Meredith’s friends.
— WVTM 13 (@WVTM13) March 8, 2019
The president visited a row of 23 crosses—one erected for each of the victims of the natural disaster—where Trump and Melania Trump each paid reverence with a moment of silence.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump view memorial crosses for the 23 people killed in the Alabama tornadoes. pic.twitter.com/HGs6gpxLDk
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 8, 2019
“We couldn’t get here fast enough,” Trump said. “I wanted to come the day it happened.”
Trump thanked first responders and FEMA for doing an “A plus job” caring for the victims and promised to keep them in place as long as was needed.
“We love you all. We love the state of Alabama,” he said.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey met with Trump in Beauregard, Alabama where they surveyed some of the damage. Alabama members of Congress also joined the president — Sen. Richard Shelby and Sen. Doug Jones, and Rep. Mike Rogers.
Dozens of people lined the roads to witness Trump passing by in his motorcade.
Keeping the people of Alabama in our thoughts & prayers. We are with you. 🇺🇸❤️ pic.twitter.com/9elFure9m1
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) March 9, 2019
“Each cross bears the victim’s name and a red heart. Flowers and stuffed animals have been left at the base of the crosses in remembrance of each victim who was killed after Sunday’s powerful tornado that bore down on the rural town of Beauregard, Alabama. Messages have also been left at the crosses,” WVTM reports.