President Trump did something wonderful for the mayor of Tangier, a small island community in the Chesapeake Bay.
According to The Washington Post, the island has been battling an erosion problem for the past few years, at an alarming rate of 15 ft per year, which could drastically affect its long-term habitability.
The mayor, James Eskridge, sent out a call to President Trump during an interview with CNN about the island community. He said:
“Donald Trump, if you see this, whatever you can do, we welcome any help you can give us,” continuing with “I love Trump as much as any family member I got.”
One morning when Eskridge was crabbing off the coast, he noticed two boats approaching him.
As one of the boats finally reached him, a fellow fisherman had some unexpected news for him. He told him to return to the island ASAP, because the president of the United States was calling soon.
“I thought he was joking,” Eskridge told The Washington Post in a phone interview.
However, he soon realized this was no joke.
Firstly the President thanked the mayor and the entire island of Tangier, where he received 87 percent of the votes, for their support. Then the conversation turned to the island’s crisis.
Mr. Eskridge said that President Trump shared his concern for the island’s erosion problem during the call and that the President would be ready to listen to ideas to fix it. The mayor described the phone call:
“He said [the erosion] is a problem, and maybe when I’m up in Washington, I could come by and we could chat about it.”
Mr. Eskridge is hopeful President Trump can help him cut through the red tape around building a protective seawall for his island, saying:
“He’s for cutting regulations and the time it takes to study a project. Of course you need the studies, but we’ve been studied to death.”
This is such a wonderful story, and it’s so like President Trump to look out for ways to help those in need, especially when it comes to his favorite thing to do- building!