ENEWSPF Commentary – ABC News blew it Thursday, providing an incomplete telling of President Obama not yet visiting flood-ravaged Louisiana after giving full reign to Donald Trump’s criticism against the president.
Here is some of what Trump said, according to ABC, with Thursday’s full report in the video:
Donald Trump today slammed President Obama for not interrupting his vacation to visit Louisiana after deadly flooding in Baton Rouge and parts of Lafayette.
Before meeting volunteers at the Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, north of Baton Rouge, Trump said, “The president says he doesn’t want to go, he is trying to get out of a golf game.”
“I heard he wants to stay under par while we are under water,” said Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council and Trump supporter, who met with Trump at the church.
Trump then hit Obama’s golfing game: “He will never be under par.”
Here’s what ABC News did not tell you: Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, “makes it clear that if Obama visited first and second responders will not be able to do their jobs effectively,” according to a report from Occupy Democrats.
The governor explains in more detail:
It is a major ordeal, they free up the interstate for him. We have to take hundreds of local first responders, police officers, sheriffs, deputies and state troopers to provide security for that type of visit. I would just as soon have those people engaged in the response rather than trying to secure the president. So I’d ask him to wait, if he would, another couple weeks.
The report is accurate.
The report from Occupy Democrats, that is.
ABC News blew it. They created a different narrative. A narrative that was false, but suited the pseudo-drama they wanted to portray.
Donald Trump, also under guard by the Secret Service, also requiring first responders to vacate their work helping flood victims, Donald Trump ignored these pleas to let workers do their jobs.
Donald Trump went for the photo op.
And politicized his visit.
The office of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signaled that Donald Trump is welcome to visit Louisiana in the wake of destructive flooding, but only if he does not use it for political gain.
“Donald Trump hasn’t called the governor to inform him of his visit,” a spokesman for Edwards’ office said in a statement Thursday evening. “We welcome him to LA but not for a photo-op. Instead we hope he’ll consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of the storm.”
Claiming the visit was not political in nature, Trump made the remarks recorded at the beginning of this report.
ABC News blew it, creating a false, incomplete narrative of these events.
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