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In this Aug. 4, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Obama visited flood-battered Louisiana Tuesday


Obama visited flood-battered Louisiana Tuesday

WATCH: Here's a clip from Obama's speech in Baton Rouge.

President Obama traveled to Louisiana on Tuesday to survey floods in southern Louisiana that have killed 13 people, destroyed 60,000 homes and displaced tens of thousands.

In a statement, the White House called the flooding "one of the worst  natural disasters in recent years."

Obama was criticized by some for not cutting his vacation short to get to Louisiana sooner.  But Governor John Bel Edwards said a presidential visit would divert law enforcement away from helping recovery efforts, The Times-Picayune reports.

Obama visited flood-battered Louisiana Tuesday

WATCH: Edwards told CNN Obama could visit "any time he wants to."

Donald Trump visited Louisiana on Friday, and Edwards called the visit "helpful."

Some accused Obama of only visiting because Trump did.

Last week, Trump said Obama "ought to get off the golf course."

Should Obama have visited Louisiana sooner?

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