Trump calls Ohio governor to offer support after tornadoes
President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat to announce Senate bid Wednesday against Lindsey Graham Harris praises Amash for calling for Trump’s impeachment: He has ‘put country before party’ NY Times reporter wears wedding dress to cover Trump in Japan after last-minute dress code MORE called Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) on Tuesday to offer his condolences and support after the state was hit by multiple tornadoes this week.
Trump listened to the governor talk about the tornadoes that hit the area on Memorial Day and into Tuesday morning, saying on the call that he didn’t think of Ohio “as being hurricane alley,” according to The Columbus Dispatch.
“I saw that you got hit very hard,” Trump was quoted telling DeWine. “It’s sort of strange I don’t think of Ohio when you talk about tornado stuff. You don’t even think about it. I don’t think of it as being hurricane alley.”
Trump added that “we’re with you all the way, and we have FEMA out there as you know. Whatever we have to do, we’ll do,” the Dispatch reported.
Mary McDonald, the mayor of Trotwood, Ohio, near Dayton, was also on the call. The area was among those affected by tornadoes this week.
The last major storm to hit the Dayton area was in 2008, with Hurricane Ike, NPR reported. That left the city in a blackout for days, though officials said the water supply wasn’t affected.
While Ohio does not suffer from tornadoes as frequently as states more commonly associated with “tornado alley” in the center of the U.S., the state can at times be classified in the grouping, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.
Trump in two tweets Tuesday offered similar sentiments to residents of Ohio who were impacted by the tornadoes.
He said DeWine updated him on the damage and that he “fully supports the people of the great State of Ohio.”
Local weather reports said at least nine tornadoes touched down in the state near the Dayton area, injuring more than 100 people and killing one.