One local mayor got almost 10 minutes in a small group with the president this afternoon at Providence Baptist Church in Beauregard.
Smiths Station Mayor Bubba Copeland found out at 8:30 he would be meeting with the president.
Copeland met with the president in a Sunday School room.
The First Lady, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Alabama Senators Richard Shelby and Doug Jones, Congressman Mike Rogers, and Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones were among those there.
Copeland got to watch as the president interacted with those who lost everything in the storm – including loved ones.
“He was very compassionate,” Copeland said. “He and Melania were very compassionate with people. He went above and beyond to spend time with each one of them. He loved on them and he reassured them. He told them how to get help and where to get help. He really explained it to them. Some of those people have been devastated and they have not yet reached out to get help. So, he did that.”
Smiths Station is a town of 5,000 people. Today, the representative of those people got to tell the president about the devastation that hit his community.
Smiths Station did not suffer the loss of life that hit 21.7 miles away in Beauregard, but the damage is extensive, and hundreds of volunteers have been working for almost a week to dig out.
Copeland says President Trump was genuinely interested in the Smiths Station struggle.
“He wanted to know details, like the path and how long it was,” Copeland said. “He told me that he flew over this morning. He just wanted to know what it was like on the ground. He wanted to know how people were doing. He wanted us to know that he was going to go above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of. That he knows Alabama loves him. And he would go out of his way to give us the A-plus treatment.”
It was a historic day. Copeland was to put this in historical perspective.
“Absolutely. The president came to visit Beauregard and East Alabama. He knows where Smiths Station is right now.”