CNN is reporting that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will travel to Baton Rouge on Friday to tour damage from catastrophic flooding in Louisiana.
Trump supporters have called on him to visit Louisiana to see the flood-affected areas first-hand, but his campaign has not announced a scheduled visit.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' office responded to news of Trump's visit with a statement encouraging him to spend his time here volunteering or donating money to the relief effort.
"Donald Trump hasn't called the governor to inform him of his visit. We welcome him to Louisiana, but not for a photo-op," the statement read. "Instead we hope he'll consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of this storm."
Trump, during a campaign rally in North Carolina on Thursday, said the flood crisis illustrates the need for the nation to come together.
Describing Louisiana as "state that is very special to me" Trump's comments were the first public remarks he has made about the flood that has led to federal disaster declarations in 20 parishes across the southern portion of the state.
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"We are one nation. When one state hurts, we all hurt – and we must all work together to lift each other up. Working, building, restoring together," Trump said during his rally in Charlotte. "Our prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones, and we send them our deepest condolences. Though words cannot express the sadness one feels at times like this, I hope everyone in Louisiana knows that our country is praying for them and standing with them to help them in these difficult hours. We are one country, one people, and we will have together one great future."
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton earlier this week directed supporters to the American Red Cross, where they can make donations to flood victims.
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