Biden says he’ll visit Kentucky on Wednesday to see the damage.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden will travel to Kentucky, where 64 people were killed, including a 5-month-old baby and five other children, when the state’s deadliest twister hit on Friday.
Biden is scheduled to visit Fort Worth, Texas.
The White House announced on Monday that President Barack Obama would travel to Campbell, Kentucky, for a storm briefing and to Mayfield and Dawson Springs, Kentucky, to survey storm damage following the devastating tornadoes and extreme weather.
In the Oval Office, President Obama was briefed by homeland security and disaster response officials on what the federal government can do to help those affected by the natural disaster.
‘Whatever they require, when they require it,’ he said of those who are in need.
‘It’s just heartbreaking,’ says the narrator.
‘We’re going to finish what we started,’ Biden said.
‘We’ll stay as long as we need to in order to assist.’
Biden spoke while standing in front of a map depicting the tornadoes’ effects in Warren County, Kentucky, and another map depicting Graves County, Kentucky.
He indicated ‘wiped-out’ areas.
However, Biden would not go so far as to say that the storm was caused by climate change.
‘We can’t say for certain that the tornadoes were caused by climate change,’ Biden said, but it’s “certainly one of the worst disasters.”
Biden would be a’source of comfort’ to those affected by the tornadoes, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, and would not be giving a major speech.
Meanwhile, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear broke down in tears during a press conference on Monday morning, confirming that the deceased range in age from five months to 86 years.
18 of the 64 people who have been confirmed dead have yet to be identified.
At least 105 people, according to the governor, are still missing.
‘I’m truly sorry,’ Beshear said to those who are still looking for their loved ones.
‘You’re not supposed to lose people like this, and the fact that you don’t know and don’t have the information only adds to the difficulty.’
‘My heart goes out to the governor of Kentucky, who has lost family himself,’ Biden said Monday.
The governor said that while the death toll from the deadly storm was lower than he had anticipated, he expects it to rise to 70 or 80 as searchers continue to sift through the rubble.
He noted that the numbers will fluctuate as officials search, and that it could be weeks before counts are completed…
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