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March 25, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Obama, in Netherlands, asks for prayers for Oso

President Barack Obama, at a news conference  today in the Netherlands, where he is attending the G7 Nuclear Summit, opened his remarks expressing concern for the victims of the Oso mudslide and their community.

His comments, as reported in a White House news release:

“With your indulgence, before I speak a little bit about this summit, I’d like to say a few words about a tragedy that recently took place back in the United States. Over the weekend, a massive landslide swept through a tiny town called Oso in Washington State. And while I won’t get ahead of the ongoing response and rescue operations, we know that part of this tightly knit community has been lost.

“First responders have acted bravely, despite still-dangerous conditions. The American Red Cross has opened multiple shelters. And the people of Washington State have been quick to help and comfort their fellow citizens.

“I just spoke to Governor Inslee, who swiftly declared a state of emergency. I signed that emergency declaration to make sure he’s got all the resources that he needs. My administration is in contact with them on an ongoing basis. FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers have also been on site to offer their assistance and expertise.

“So I would just ask all Americans to send their thoughts and prayers to Washington State and the community of Oso, and the families and friends of those who continue to be missing. We hope for the best, but we recognize this is a tough situation.”

More coverage of the mudslide can be found here.

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