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Joe Biden surveys tornado damage in Kentucky
US President Joe Biden visited Kentucky to assess the damage caused by tornadoes over the weekend. Biden also committed to federal relief for those who were affected by the storms.
Biden traveled to Kentucky Wednesday to take a look at the aftermath of the tornadoes that affected the state. The US leader met with the state’s governor, Andy Beshear and his wife during his visit to assess the damage on the ground and in the air. Biden also spoke with the families whose homes were destroyed and offered his condolences to those who have lost loved ones as a result.
“I intend to do whatever it takes as long as it takes to support your state and local leaders and as you recover and build and you will recover and build,” said Biden in his remarks. “The scope and scale of this destruction is almost beyond belief. When you look around here, it’s almost beyond belief. These tornadoes devoured everything in their path.”
Biden also updated the presidential disaster declaration in order to boost federal funds from 75 percent to 100 percent to cover debris removal and emergency protective measures In Kentucky for a 30-day period. During his visit, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell were also present.
88 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the tornadoes. 74 of the deaths were in Kentucky. According to Beshear, it is likely that the death toll may rise.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has released a set of documents surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the investigations that followed the assassination. The documents were initially scheduled to be disclosed to the public on October 21 but were paused due to national security issues. The administration has recently disclosed a set of 1,500 documents, leaving around 10,000 records that have yet to be publicized.
This has led to researchers concluding that the “smoking gun” is not included in the documents. An official familiar with the matter explained to CNN that because the government has taken a long time to disclose the documents, no one is going to be convinced the records are as it is.