US President Donald Trump toured storm-battered areas of the Carolinas on Wednesday, handing out meals to residents and promising the “100 per cent” support of the federal government to victims of Hurricane Florence.

the president said during a briefing at emergency operations headquarters in Conway, South Carolina “Washington is with you. Trump is with you,”.

Trump began his tour of the storm-damaged region in worst-hit North Carolina, flying into Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point aboard Air Force One.

From Cherry Point, Trump travelled to New Bern, North Carolina, a town at the confluence of the Neuse and Trent rivers that suffered severe flooding.

Trump pledged federal assistance as the Carolinas begin the long recovery from a storm estimated to have caused billions of dollars in damage and left dozens dead.

The president offered his condolences for the nearly 40 people killed by the storm.

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