By Reis Thebault
19 September 2018

(The Washington Post) – President Trump, clearly, has an eye for luxury — even in the most unexpected circumstances.

Walking along River Drive in New Bern, N.C., a low-lying neighborhood that was pummeled by a one-two punch of Hurricane Florence and post-storm flooding, Trump greeted residents and surveyed the devastation, according to a Wednesday pool report account.
Then he saw the yacht.

It was beached in a resident’s back yard.

“Is this your boat? Or … did it become your boat?” Trump asked the man who lived in the house where the boat was now inadvertently and incongruously docked.

No, it was not his boat, the homeowner replied, according to the pool report, which didn’t identify residents by name.

Trump returned his gaze to the vessel, which was white with brown accents and balanced at a precarious angle.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a tour of areas damaged by Hurricane Florence in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., 19 September 2018. Seeing a boat beached in a resident’s back yard, he said, 'At least you got a nice boat out of the deal.' Photo: Kevin Lamarque / REUTERS

“At least you got a nice boat out of the deal,” he said, with a smile.

Whether Trump was joking or simply pointing out a bit of silver lining, the interaction prompted some to question the president’s empathy for the many Carolinians whose homes and possessions were destroyed in Florence — the latest in a string of his responses to natural disasters to be criticized. [more]

‘At least you got a nice boat out of the deal,’ Trump tells N.C. man during post-Florence tour

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