President Trump said he will visit Tennessee on Friday after 25 people were killed following the devastating tornadoes that ripped through the Volunteer State Tuesday morning.
“Our hearts are full of sorrow for the lives that were lost,” said the president on Tuesday during a speech at the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference, at the Washington Hilton in D.C.
The tornadoes were part of a powerful storm system stretching from Texas to North Carolina. One tornado slashed through Nashville for miles, leaving destroyed homes and downed powerlines in its wake. At least 48 structures collapsed around Nashville, according to the Nashville Fire Department. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency, reported USA Today.
President Trump also spoke with Bill Lee on the phone Tuesday, offering the governor “condolences for the lives lost and the families and communities impacted,” the White House said in a statement. “The President underscored that the Federal Government will help the people of Tennessee respond to and recover from this tragic incident.”
During Friday’s visit, Trump will “tour some of the damage and offer support to Tennesseans,” the statement said.
The Commander in Chief also tweeted on Tuesday: “Prayers for all of those affected by the devasting tornadoes in Tennesee. We will continue to monitor the developments. The Federal Government is with you all of the way during this difficult time.” (Continued Below)
Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted: “We are praying for all of those who were affected by the tornadoes in Tennessee and for the families who lost loved ones. We are continuing to monitor the situation and we commend the first responders for their brave work in getting those in the path of the tornado to safety.”
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Several country music artists also shared messages of strength for Nashville following the deadly tornado. (See Below)
Prayers for all of those affected by the devastating tornadoes in Tennessee. We will continue to monitor the developments. The Federal Government is with you all of the way during this difficult time. https://t.co/eZlA7Ahruj
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2020
We are praying for all of those who were affected by the tornadoes in Tennessee and for the families who lost loved ones. We are continuing to monitor the situation and we commend the first responders for their brave work in getting those in the path of the tornado to safety.
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) March 3, 2020
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2020
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 3, 2020
We leave you with some responses from country music artists after the tornadoes hit Nashville:
Praying for all those affected by the devastating storms in Tennessee and my heart is especially with the families who lost loved ones ❤️ We are all with you. pic.twitter.com/hlPS6RJWH4
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) March 3, 2020
Seeing the responses “I’m here for you” “Do you need a place to stay?” …this community comes together to take care of its own. So proud to be part of the family we call Nashville. All of our love and strength to those who have lost so much. #NashvilleStrong ❤️ TY & g pic.twitter.com/7Yg7NIvy8x
— Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) March 3, 2020
We are heartbroken and our prayers are with those who were affected by the tornado last night. Nashville is a great community of people that always rise to the occasion and lend a helping hand to their neighbors – and this time is no different. We are #NashvilleStrong. pic.twitter.com/jZy0DaGeDu
— Faith Hill (@FaithHill) March 3, 2020
Sending love to all of our friends & family in Nashville and Middle Tennessee who were affected by the devastating tornadoes last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones, homes and businesses. #NashvilleStrong #PrayersforNashville pic.twitter.com/UaExP1YCM6
— George Strait (@GeorgeStrait) March 3, 2020
The iconic “I Believe In Nashville” murals started popping up after the big flood ten years ago. It’s stood as a symbol of resilience and togetherness. We are heartbroken for our community after last nights tragic tornado, but know that together we will rise up and rebuild again! pic.twitter.com/WlDutCaHhw
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) March 3, 2020
My heart is with everyone in Tennessee who has been affected by the tornados. Sending you my love and prayers.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) March 3, 2020
My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the Nashville area affected by the tornado last night. Even if the tornado didn’t hit our personal space, we are all affected because we are Nashvillians. My heart… https://t.co/S6dpfGfgg1
— Reba (@reba) March 3, 2020
We ducked around this cell and landed at john tune airport around 11:30 last night. Glad we landed when we did. Wouldn’t have been good an hour later. It was the cell that turned into the tornado. Lot of people lost their homes. No one comes together as a city like Nashville does pic.twitter.com/qvCjrYNu0x
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) March 3, 2020
Whatever needs to be done to help Tennessee and the people she holds hit by last nights devastating storm, count me in. God Bless Nashville. -Kid Rock pic.twitter.com/A6Mn4Xlf3w
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) March 3, 2020
Sending my love to Nashville! I am praying for all of those affected by the terrible storm. https://t.co/5WhBLm6Ode
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) March 3, 2020
Thinking about my home and family in Nashville and how fortunate I am that my place and loved ones have remained safe in these deadly tornados . My heart is broken for my home state. So much loss and damage. We are #NashvilleStrong and will rebuild together! pic.twitter.com/nPbGPbfNqy
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 3, 2020
This picture is of Delta Dawn in the Tennessee sun for anyone that needed a smile today. Anaheim, San Diego, Ontario, Salt Lake City ,Fresno ,San Jose , Sacramento, Denver. Thanks for coming to see us! Y’all are the reason for the miles & smiles. #wildcardtour #nashvillestrong pic.twitter.com/wG2d5WsLhW
— Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) March 3, 2020
Praying for Nashville and everyone affected by the tornado last night. The McBrides are all ok. Looking to see what we can do to help. #prayfornashville
— Martina McBride (@martinamcbride) March 3, 2020