Louisiana Gov. says Trump’s visit ‘helped shine spotlight’ on flooding

(CNN) – Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Donald Trump’s visit helped draw attention to the people displaced by recent flooding.

Prior to Trump’s visit, Edwards had said he did not want it to turn into a photo op, but on CNN’s State of the union on Sunday he said the visit was a good one.

“Before he came down, I said we welcome him here. We want him to be helpful and we hope it doesn’t turn into a mere photo op,” Edwards said.

Edwards, a Democrat, said the Republican presidential nominee’s trip help relieve some of the suffering people in Baton Rouge are going through.

“It helped shine a spotlight on Louisiana and the dire situation that we have here – it was helpful,” Edwards said. “I also appreciate the good phone call, the conversation I had with (vice presidential nominee) Gov. (Mike) Pence, who was sincere and genuine about their desire to be helpful.”

Louisiana Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser, a Republican, also praised Trump’s trip Saturday on CNN’s New Day as helping lift the spirits of the flood victims.

“When you saw the people along the route and as he went into the homes, to see a presidential candidate come down here, it lifts them up. It makes them see that he cares,” Nungesser said. “I think anytime a public official, as our governor, as myself, anyone goes into those communities, they know they’re not forgotten. So it was a great boost to those communities.”

Trump’s campaign said he made a $100,000 donation to the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, where Trump visited during the stop.

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