With residents still recovering from torrential rains that left widespread destruction and injury, Trump sought to strike a balance between comforter and cheerleader, mindful that he has been criticized in the past for not showing sufficient empathy in the face of tragedy.
In cities well inland, like Fayetteville, North Carolina, the floodwaters are continuing to rise, even as the main remnants of the storm moved over the Mid-Atlantic states and into New England on Tuesday.
"We will do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe", Trump said. "This region of North Carolina is still recovering from Hurricane Matthew in 2016". "We will never forget your loss. We're with you all the way".
He said Trump needs to see firsthand that little towns like Pollocksville are cut off and in "desperate circumstances", and the people are "horribly frustrated".
"Can I have a hug?" he asked. "I'm asking you, sir, for your help every step of the way". What's the law? Maybe it becomes theirs'.
'We've done a real job, and we've got to continue to do that real job because another phase is coming in right now, and we're going to meet that phase just like we've met phase one, ' Trump said.
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More than a thousand other roads from major highways to neighbourhood lanes are closed in the Carolinas, officials said.
A new round of evacuations was ordered in SC as the trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence meanders to the sea, raising river levels and threatening more destruction.
As he passed out supplies, one boy wearing a hat approached the president.
President Donald Trump and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper listen while attending a briefing, after Trump arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to visit areas impacted by Hurricane Florence, Sept. 19, 2018, in Havelock, N.C.
Kevin Tovornik is tearing up the house he has owned for 20 years in Conway, South Carolina, to try to save it. Some people applauded as he went by. That breaks a rainfall record for tropical cyclones in North Carolina of just over 2 feet (60 centimeters) set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. He toured a neighborhood where a street was already submerged under water. Asked whether he thought his home and flood insurance would offer enough this time to rebuild, or if he would need further government assistance, he said he wasn't sure.
The incredible volume of rain that fell over North Carolina from Hurricane Florence, almost 9 trillion gallons, has utterly changed the landscape, especially in the southeast part of the state, where up to 36 inches of rain fell. "The worst is yet to come". Some areas could stay underwater for weeks, forecasters warned.
Association CEO Graham Boyd said about 40 percent of the crop was still in the field when the storm hit.
Cooper said at a news conference Friday that the National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard "heroically saved lives" when they rescued the people in the town of Kelly in Bladen County on Thursday night. About 10,000 remain in shelters.