BATON ROUGE -- President Barack Obama will visit Louisiana next week to meet with Louisiana officials and survey the severe damage from a record flood that hit the region.
"The President today directed his team to coordinate with Louisiana officials to determine an appropriate time for him to visit, and together they have determined that the President will visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Tuesday, August 23rd," a release from the White House stated. "The President is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts."
The release went on to say that the president is eager to get a first-hand look at the impact fo the devastating floods and hear from officials first hand on how the federal government can assist the people of Louisiana.
Obama has come under fire in recent days for not visiting flood-ravaged Louisiana. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump visited on Friday.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson has been directly involved in the ongoing response and recovery efforts, according to the White House, and has been keeping the president informed while he is on vacation in Martha's Vineyard.