the The US President was in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Saturday to view the damage caused by the hurricane and be informed of the disaster and the federal response.
He signed autographs for some of those listening, saying they could sell them on eBay for $ 10,000 (£ 7,500).
Mr. Trump sat down and called a group of people saying, “Come here guys, come here. I want some power. ”
Handing over his autograph to an official, he said, “Sell this on eBay tonight, you’ll get $ 10,000,” telling another recipient that he is deliberately not putting his name down because it would be worth more without him.
EBay already has a number of Trump-autographed memorabilia pieces, with offers for some of them running into the thousands of dollars.
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The tall buildings of Lake Charles saw their windows smashed by the 150 mph (240 km / h) winds of Hurricane Laura, which left glass and debris strewn across the city.
At least four people have been killed after trees fell on their homes.
“I am here to support the great people of Louisiana,” Mr. Trump said at a press conference in Lake Charles, adding, “It was an extremely powerful storm. ”
He said he knew one thing about the state of Louisiana: “They’re rebuilding it fast. “