President Obama's upcoming visit to the flood-ravaged city of Baton Rouge was no doubt forced by Donald Trump's trip to Louisiana late last week, according to the Republican presidential nominee's son, Eric.
"Quite frankly, if my father didn't go down there and he didn't put the pressure on him, Obama wouldn't be down there. There's no question about it," Trump told Fox News on Monday when asked about the president's decision to plan a visit to the state after he spent last week vacationing in Martha's Vineyard.
"Here you are in Martha's Vineyard playing golf for a week on end while people's houses are underwater, while their lives are destroyed, their cars are underwater, we have coffins floating down the street," Trump said. "I mean, the optics of it is horrible. We live in America. Your government should be there in a natural disaster and it wasn't."
Trump also criticized Clinton for spending the week fundraising instead of choosing to visit those impacted by the severe flooding in the Pelican State.
"It just tells a story and a difference of leadership qualities between those two individuals," he said. "When there is a problem, when there is a natural disaster, when there is an issue, my father will be the first person there."
Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, both toured the flood damage last Friday and spent part of the day working with volunteers from a local Baptist church. The state's Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, later told CNN that the duo's visit had been "helpful" for his state.
"It helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here ... it was helpful," Edwards said.
Obama is set to arrive in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, while Clinton has committed to visiting the flood-affected areas "at a time when the presence of a political campaign will not disrupt the response."