President Obama will travel to Oklahoma on Sunday to survey the devastation from the deadly tornado that tore through the town of Moore, leaving death and debris in its wake.
“He will visit with the affected families as well as meet with first responders,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.
Several federal officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate are already on the ground assessing the damage in the state and coordinating federal disaster relief.
On Tuesday Mr. Obama assured residents of Moore that the federal government will be there “as long as it takes” to clean up their town and help victims recover.
“The people of Moore should know their country will remain on the ground, there for them, beside them as long as it takes for their homes and schools to rebuild,” he said, later adding “we are a nation that stands with our fellow citizens for as long as it takes.”