WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today in Louisiana, Vice President Mike Pence, along with Congressman Garret Graves and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, visited the newly-renovated home of Jimmy and Olive Morgan, who were rescued on their rooftop from the August 2016 flood waters. Then-candidate Donald Trump and his running mate then-Governor Mike Pence, visited the flood-ravaged areas days after flooding began at the invitation of Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, who serves as the interim senior pastor at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church. During that visit on August 19, 2016, Perkins led Trump, Pence, and Franklin Graham of Samaritan’s Purse, to survey the initial flood damage, making a stop at the Morgans' home as the debris was being removed from their house.
Perkins released the following statement in response to today’s surprise visit:
“I am grateful for the Trump administration’s recognition of and partnership with the faith-based community in responding to and meeting the needs of those impacted by natural disasters. I also appreciate the personal concern that both the President and the Vice President have shown to members of our community and, in particular, those in my congregation. On several occasions, they have inquired about the well-being of those in my church and today’s visit by Vice President Pence was evidence of that genuine concern.
“We celebrate with Jimmy and Olive Morgan as they are now back in their home of 40 years. We will continue at Greenwell Springs, in partnership with others like Samaritan’s Purse, to continue the work of rebuilding the homes and lives of so many others who were impacted by the flood,” Perkins concluded.