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President Obama calls Gov. Rick Scott about Hurricane Matthew recovery


Florida Gov. Rick Scott spoke with President Barack Obama on Saturday morning on the phone, reminding him that the state put in a new emergency disaster declaration on Friday to trigger more federal funding.

Obama did not tell Scott when that request would be approved during the conversation, Scott’s Director of Communications Jackie Schutz said.

While Obama has already granted a preliminary disaster declaration before the storm, a second one after the storm is required to trigger post storm recovery funding.

Obama’s call to Scott came as part of a series of calls Obama made to governors in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to get assessments on how the states are doing in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

“The President committed to providing federal support to help these states respond to the storm's impact,” Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz said. “The President has already declared emergencies in each of these four states and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local response efforts.”