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President Donald Trump speaks while attending a briefing after arriving at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to visit areas impacted by Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Havelock, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump promises aid for Florence recovery

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HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is pledging to help the people affected by Hurricane Florence as he arrives in North Carolina to survey damage wrought by the powerful storm.

Trump says during a briefing by local and federal officials, "We will be there 100 percent" following flooding he described as "epic" and "hard to believe."

He says, "There will be nothing left undone."

Trump at times has struggled to project empathy during national crisis. But on Wednesday he offered comforting words to families who suffered losses, saying, "America grieves with you and our hearts break for you."

When the state's governor asked for federal support, Trump declared: "I'll be there,"

Trump is also praising first responders during his visit to a coastal marine base, the first of several stops on his schedule.

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