Edwards was a guest on the latest edition of State of the Union and host Dana Bash asked the Democratic governor about Trump’s visit, in particular his office’s public concern that the trip might be more of a photo-op than actual help. This is also a characterization that Trump’s camp pushed back against, stressing it was a “decidedly non-political event” where the press wouldn’t be around. Edwards says that the framing of the “photo-op” comment mischaracterized his stance on Trump coming to the state, as he was on board for the GOP presidential nominee’s arrival provided he was in the state for something more substantial.
“I think … because it helped shine a spotlight on Louisiana and the dire situation that we have here that it was helpful,” offered Edwards. “I also appreciated the good phone call, the conversation that I had with Gov. Pence, who was sincere and genuine when he called, and we spoke for a long time on Friday morning, about their desire to be helpful.”