Trump said 1.6 million meals have been provided in North Carolina and another 400,000 are ready for victims in SC.
Addressing roughly 10,000 people who remain in shelters and "countless more" staying elsewhere, Cooper urged them to stay put for now, particularly those from the hardest-hit coastal counties that include Wilmington, near where Florence blew ashore on Friday.
Trump traveled south Wednesday as the state was still grappling with massive recovery efforts.
"America grieves with you and our hearts break for you".
"We've never had it at those levels before, so we don't really know what the impact will be just yet", he said.
Governor Cooper thanked the president for coming. The North Carolina company lost 1.7 million chickens, but does not expect it to affect production, since there are more than 20 million chickens spread across the company's farms.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Wednesday said, "We are a state that is hurting". We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event. "I can't tell you why, but I love that area", Trump said in response.
President Trump has arrived in flood-soaked North Carolina, where under sunny skies, he's getting a firsthand look at the devastation that has killed dozens of people and displaced many thousands from their homes across the Southeast. "I can't say why".
President Trump said there's going to be a rebuilding process and that will start soon.
At least 27 of the 37 Florence-related deaths happened in North Carolina.
Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast.
"Is everybody OK?" he asked those gathered, assuring them it was "going to be OK".
And during a visit to Puerto Rico, where he was roundly criticized for lobbing paper towels into a crowd at a church as if shooting baskets, the president asked a couple if they felt safe in their concrete home.
Trump returned his gaze to the vessel, which was white with brown accents and balanced at a precarious, accidental angle.
"Have a good time" seems to be Trump's hurricane catchphrase. That's four times its normal height. He also cheered on volunteers and emergency workers and handed out hot dogs and potato chips to residents.
Charlotte Hornets President Fred Whitfield discusses how his organization and National Basketball Association legend Michael Jordan are helping victims affected by Hurricane Florence.
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