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Trump visits Iowa after devastating storms

President Donald Trump met with leaders in Iowa on Tuesday after a massive storm killed three people, leveled farmland and left more than a half a million people without power.

“All Americans are united in grief and prayer for the precious life that was lost,” Trump said. “From the depths of this grave hardship, we will rebuild even stronger than before. We’re going to be in fantastic shape in a very short period of time.”

The storm that passed through Iowa is called a “derecho.” It has been compared to an inland hurricane with extremely high winds. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) likened it to a 40-mile tornado crossing the state at 112 miles per hour.

On Monday, Trump quickly approved part of Reynolds’s disaster aid request. Roughly 10 million acres of farmland were heavily damaged. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) is a farmer himself and told the president he’s never seen anything like it.

“I’ve seen corn flat on the ground in my 50 years of farming,” Grassley said. “But I have never seen it mile after mile, and just flat on the ground. And very little of it recoverable, I think.”

Trump met with the Iowa leaders in Cedar Rapids, one of the hardest-hit areas. The city has had a rough decade, dealing with two massive floods and now this storm. Trump said he’s proud of the relationship his administration has developed with city leaders and said he continues to be amazed by the resilience of Iowans.

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst (R) thanked the president for his quick action in helping Iowans. She said that the president took her call immediately after the storms and never stopped communicating with Iowa leaders to offer whatever help he could.

The president’s stop in Iowa was billed as nothing more than a photo-op by his Democratic opponent Joe Biden’s campaign.

“One photo-op in Iowa does not make up for four years of failed leadership from this White House,” Lauren Dillon, Biden’s top aide in Iowa said in a statement.

The former vice president has been in contact with Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenaur (D) regarding the storm damage. Finkenaur continues to be outspoken against the response by Trump and her state’s leaders, the majority being Republicans.

Trump made the stop in Iowa on his way to Arizona where he plans to deliver a speech on immigration.

PHOTO: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

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