At least 22 people have died and numerous homes are damaged after a tornado tore through Tennessee overnight across central Tennessee late Monday and early Tuesday, officials said.
Before remarks at the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Washington, Trump took a moment to offer “warm wishes to the people of Tennessee” after what he called a “horrible, very vicious tornado.”
“It is a vicious thing, those tornadoes — I’ve seen many of them during a three year period, ” the president said, according to Politico. “I’ve gotten to see the results and they’re vicious — if you’re in their path, bad things happen.”
Trump said will travel to Tennessee on Friday to survey storm damage after overnight tornadoes in the state left 19 dead and disrupted voting in the state’s Super Tuesday primaries.
The line of storms, which struck parts of central Tennessee, including its capital Nashville, shortly before 1 a.m., left tens of thousands without power, officials said. And in a press conference, Governor Lee cautioned that the death toll from the storms could continue to grow.