Trump surveys tornado damage

Tornadoes killed 24 in Tennessee earlier this week. President visited with survivors.


National News

March 6, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Residents walk through downed utility lines and trees to survey damage caused by one of several tornadoes that tore through the state overnight on March 3 in Cookeville, Tenn. At least 19 people were killed and scores more injured in storms across the state that caused severe damage in downtown Nashville. Photo by (Brett Carlsen/Getty Images/TNS)

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday toured a neighborhood reduced to rubble by a tornado earlier this week and marveled at “the tremendous heart” he witnessed. He also offered a message for survivors and those who lost family members: “We love them, they’re special people,” he said.

Trump assumed the role of national consoler as he traveled to Tennessee. Trump surveyed devastated communities in Putnam County, where a tornado tore a 2-mile-long path, killing 18 people, including five children under 13. Many more people were injured, some critically.

Statewide, the death toll stood at 24 from a pair of storms.

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