Channel 1 Los Angeles
Fire Company One
Lake Charles, Louisiana
THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much, everybody. And I’m here to support the great people of Louisiana. It’s been a tremendous state for me. I love the people. We’ve had a good relationship right from the beginning. It’s very important that I was here. And already met some people that have been absolutely devastated.
This was a tremendously powerful storm. In fact, when it came in, it was actually much bigger than Katrina, I would say — Katrina being somewhat of a landmark, I think, in terms of devastation, but this had more power. This was almost coming in at a five. It was a five a little bit out offshore, and it came in as a four. But 150 mile-an-hour. It was up to 185 at one point. I don’t know that we’ve ever seen that.
But we’re joined by Governor John Bel Edwards and Senator John Kennedy, two friends of mine. They’ve done a fantastic job representing the state. And Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, who’s no longer really “acting,” in my mind, because he just got a promotion. And if John Kennedy can push him with Bill, that would be terrific, because he deserves it. He’s been — he’s been doing a great job. There’s the man. Don’t talk to me anymore. I’ve done it for you. Right there is the man. (Laughs.)
But thank you very much, Chad. And FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor. Pete, great job. He’s all over the country right now doing different things. And we have a lot of different elements happening, but we have to take care of Louisiana; we have to take care of Texas. Texas got a little bit lucky.
Thanks also to the members of Congress that are here. I have a little list; that’s a lot of members. I don’t know — where are you folks back there? I love those guys. First of all, Louisiana Attorney General — where’s Jeff? Jeff Landry. Jeff. I could use you, Jeff. You’re so good. He is so tough and so good. And I agree with so much of what you do, almost all of it. I’m not sure that I’ve seen anything I don’t agree with. Great job. Jeff Landry, everybody. Thank you very much.
Congressman Steve Scalise. Steve, the most — he’s probably the bravest man in the room, but he’s done good. And I actually think he’s better looking today than he was three years ago, if you want to know the truth. He went through hell. And we found out that his family loves him, that’s for sure, because they were — they were with you all the way. That was a rough time in that hospital that night, right? That was a rough time, Steve. We’re glad to have you. People love you. People love you.
Congressman Clay Higgins. And, Clay — thank you very much, Clay, being here. Congressman Garrett Graves. Garrett, nice to see you. What are you doing sitting back there? I can’t believe it. That’s not like you and Mike. I can’t believe you guys. They’re being low key today for a change, right? And Mike Johnson, my friend. And he’s been supportive. They’re all warriors. These people are warriors. These people are warriors. They fight for us and they fight for the people that they represent, and they’re incredible warriors. Thank you, Mike. I appreciate it very much.