President Joe Biden will head to New Orleans Friday morning to spend about six hours in the city to survey storm damage from Hurricane Ida and to meet with state and local leaders from impacted communities, the White House said.
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Biden said in a speech at the White House on Thursday that he would meet with Gov. John Bel Edwards.
“Governor Edwards encouraged me to come and assured me that the visit will not disrupt recovery efforts on the ground,” Biden said. “That’s what I wanted to be sure of. My message to everyone affected is: We’re all in this together. The nation is here to help.”
After arriving from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland shortly after noon, Biden will travel from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to the St. John Parish's Emergency Operations Center, where he will receive a briefing from local leaders on Ida's impact on the community.
The president will then tour a neighborhood in LaPlace and deliver remarks on his administration's response to the deadly hurricane.
Biden will then take an aerial tour of "hard-hit communities," including Laffite, Grand Isle, Port Fourchon and Lafourche Parish, the White House said.
Following the aerial tour, he will then meet with additional local leaders in Galliano, which will cap off his day.
Biden will then travel to Wilmington, Delaware, where he will spend Labor Day weekend.