Longtime Clinton ally James Carville sounded a note of appreciation for Donald Trump on Wednesday for his visit last week to Louisiana amid catastrophic flooding.
But Carville, appearing on “Fox & Friends” to promote his book, took issue with criticism of Hillary Clinton declining to visit the state. Trump, who traveled to the state with running mate Mike Pence, criticized President Barack Obama’s visit Tuesday as “too little, too late.” Clinton herself has said that visiting the state would be a distraction to relief efforts.
Carville remarked that he recently ran into James Lee Witt, the Federal Emergency Management Agency director under Bill Clinton, who reminded him that the “rule” in the Clinton White House was that in times of disaster, “the president didn’t come until I told him all clear.”
“Donald Trump came — thank you, Donald Trump. He gave $100,000 to a church in Greenwell Springs, it was very effective,” Carville said, repeating, “Thank you, Donald Trump.”
Carville lauded the federal response as “superb” by “everybody’s estimation,” thanking FEMA and administrator Craig Fugate.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, has similarly lauded the federal response while brushing off concerns that Obama waited too long to visit.
“[W]e have received tremendous cooperation and assistance. And, quite frankly, the partnership has been terrific,” Edwards told MSNBC’s “MTP Daily” on Tuesday. “And had it not been, I guess I would have been in a bigger hurry for the president to visit.”
When co-host Steve Doocy commented that President George W. Bush “was just lambasted by the press, including by Obama, for not showing up” in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Carville said, “I think the problem was the FEMA response during Katrina was less than stellar.”