The Washington Times - November 12, 2013, 04:32PM

President Obama spoke Tuesday with President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines to express “deep condolences” for the lives lost and damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

“The president affirmed that the thoughts and prayers of the American people go out to the millions of people in the Philippines affected by this devastating storm,” the White House said in a statement. “In the days ahead, the United States will continue to work with the Philippines to deliver whatever help we can, as quickly as possible.”

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The storm devastated wide areas of the Philippines late last week, killing thousands. The U.S. began sending aid almost immediately, including the aircraft carrier U.S.S. George Washington and support vessels.

“President Obama discussed with President Aquino the need for a speedy assessment of what further American resources would be most helpful to assist in the Philippine recovery effort,” the White House said.