*From:* "Landler, Mark" <xxx@nytimes.com>
*Date:* September 19, 2018 at 12:54:27 PM EDT
*Subject:* *WH Travel Pool Report #5*

Trump tours a devastated neighborhood
President Trump walked along River Drive in New Bern, a low-lying neighborhood of brick and clapboard houses that was swamped by the rising waters of the Neuse River.
Were giving you a lot of help, Trump said to one resident.
How are you? So good to see you, she replied.
He stopped to hug a woman in a pink T-shirt and discussed the storm with another woman in a blue T-shirt.
Do you want to see my house? Its over there, she said, pointing to a badly damaged yellow house across the street.
Were going to move, the woman told Trump. She pointed to her furniture, which was lying in a sodden mess on the curb.
An older man then informed the president, I named my dog after you.
"That's nice," he replied.
(Pool could not determine whether the name was Donald or Trump or both)
Trump crossed the street to a small brick house, where he stopped to greet an older man in the T-shirt. Behind the house, a large yacht had washed ashore and was shipwrecked against the wooden deck.
Trump gazed at the yacht, saying, Is this your boat?
The owner said no.
Trump turned and replied with smile, At least you got a nice boat out of the deal.
Speaking to reporters, Trump said the owner told him his insurance company didn't want to pay for the damage to his home
Were going to find out he said Were going to find out the name of the insurance company.
I think its incredible what were seeing, the president added. This boat just came here.
They dont know whose boat that is, he said. Whats the law? Maybe it becomes theirs.
Apologies for the lack of ID's on residents. Security made it impossible to get close enough to interview them.
Mark Landler NY Times

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