ALBANY, Ga. – Following President Donald Trump’s visit to Middle Georgia yesterday, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., today joined Vice President Mike Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in Bainbridge, Moultrie, and Albany, to visit farmers and producers who have been devastated by Hurricane Michael. They were also joined by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and other state and local officials.
“Georgia took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael and is in the beginning phases of recovery. I’m thankful for President Trump, who came down to Georgia yesterday with other administration officials to see firsthand the devastating situation on the ground. Traveling today with Vice President Mike Pence, Second Lady Karen Pence and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, we had a chance to talk with our farmers and survey some of the worst-hit areas of southwest Georgia,” Senator Isakson said. “Lives and livelihoods have been shattered, and our agriculture community took a particularly big hit. I thank President Trump, Vice President Pence and Secretary Perdue and Governor Deal for their commitment to working together to ensure Georgians have the resources they need to fully recover and make right what was lost to natural disaster.”
“It was an honor to have both President Trump and Vice President Pence in Georgia this week as we assess Hurricane Michael’s impact on our state,” Senator Perdue said. “Today, we joined Vice President Pence and Secretary Perdue in South Georgia, where we met with farmers and producers who have suffered significant crop losses in the aftermath of the storm. There’s a long road ahead, but it’s encouraging to see Georgians come together during this challenging time. Thanks to President Trump, Vice President Pence, our first responders, and local and state authorities for their support as we work to get our communities up and running again.”
“People have no idea how hard Hurricane Michael has hit the great state of Georgia. We are working very hard on every area and every state that was hit - we are with you,” President Trump said. “The people are incredible in Florida and in Georgia…I want to thank FEMA, first responders, and law enforcement – everyone has been so incredible.”
“I know that we will get through this challenging time,” Vice President Pence said. “We will rebuild these crops and these communities. We will restore southwest Georgia, we will restore the Sunbelt region bigger and better than ever before. The best days for Georgia, the best days for American agriculture, and the best days for America, are yet to come.”
“The Trump Administration is making a reputation for being more connected to state and local partners than any other administration I can ever remember,” Secretary Perdue said. “Commissioner Gary Black, Governor Deal, and I have experienced this all the way from local community leaders to state legislators and governors. The people you've appointed in your office are reaching out and making people feel like we have truly one government. It’s wonderful to be a part of that.”