(The 23-day span was not the fastest disaster declaration even for Trump's administration. The president late Wednesday declared the storms that struck Mississippi on Friday and Saturday were federal disasters.)
“He was very upbeat, very concerned about the loss of life. He did not know how large the number was – he thought it was eight, and I told him it was larger than that,” said Deal. “He expressed his condolences to the people here in Georgia and I am just very thankful.”
Speaking to reporters in Adel, Deal then drew a parallel with Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.
“This is the second phone call I've received from the president of the United States regarding these tornadoes,” said Deal. “I can tell you, this is my seventh year as governor of this state. And we've had other tragedies in the past. This is the first time I've spoken with the president about these types of circumstances. I'm very pleased with his attention to these challenges.”