Trump handed out Styrofoam containers of hot dogs and offered kind words of encouragement to residents of some of the hardest hit towns in the Carolinas as he took in the devastation caused by the catastrophic storm first hand.
"How's the house?" he could be heard asking one person. "You take care of yourself," he said.
Trump told another person who waited over an hour for the packaged meal to "have a good time."
The President made similar comments to survivors after Hurricane Maria ravaged
At least 37 deaths have been attributed to the Florence, which made landfall last Friday and led to days of rain and flooding in coastal areas in both North and
Ahead of touring areas around
"We will be there 100 percent" following flooding he described as "epic" and "hard to believe."
"There will be nothing left undone," he added.
The President also not-so-subtly asked specifically about an area in
The President's past attempts at empathy have been routinely panned.
Last year, Trump was widely criticized following a trip to
On Wednesday, Trump posed for photographs and walked along a street strewn with piles of trash and other debris.
Trump stopped at one point to gaze at a large yacht that had washed ashore and wedged into a home on a residential street.
"Is this your boat?" he asked an older man in a t-shirt.
The homeowner shook his head and said "no."
"At least you got a nice boat out of the deal," Trump said with a smile.
"I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end," he said.
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