- The Washington Times - Monday, August 22, 2016

Unlike President Obama and Republican Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton said Monday she won’t visit flood-ravaged Louisiana anytime soon, saying a visit by a presidential contender would be little more than a distraction.

In a statement, the former first lady and Democratic White House hopeful encouraged supporters to donate to the Red Cross and other organizations. She said she intends to visit Louisiana at a later time, once the presence of a politician won’t detract from relief efforts.

“The best way to help Louisianans affected by these terrible floods is to make sure they have the resources they need today. I am committed to visiting communities affected by these floods, at a time when the presence of a political campaign will not disrupt the response, to discuss how we can and will rebuild together,” she said.

“In times of crisis, Americans have always come together to lift each other up, support each other, and rebuild stronger and better than before. That is what we must do now in Louisiana, and I am committed to standing with Louisianans every step of the way,” Mrs. Clinton said.

Mr. Trump visited Louisiana last week, and Mr. Obama will arrive in the state Tuesday.

• Ben Wolfgang can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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