President Donald Trump Signs Bibles, Hats During Disaster Visit in Alabama

President Donald Trump toured parts of storm-ravaged Alabama on Friday, and while making his visit, he signed Bibles for people affected by the deadly storm that took 23 lives last weekend.

The president and first lady Melania Trump made the trip to Lee County, which was hardest hit by the storm five days ago. He toured the area with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, according to this USA Today report. The motorcade stopped at Providence Baptist Church, where crosses had been placed. The president and first lady paused to read the names of the 23 victims, and then they entered the church that has served as a shelter for those who lost pretty much everything from the powerful twisters.

"I saw this and it's hard to believe," Trump said. "You saw things that you wouldn't believe."

FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes. @GovernorKayIvey, one of the best in our Country, has been so informed. She is working closely with FEMA (and me!).

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2019

Once inside the church to visit families seeking shelter, and the families of victims killed, the president began signing Bibles and hats for them. When he signed a Bible for one 12-year-old boy, the people in attendance gave them an applause, according to local volunteer Ada Ingram.

"I enjoyed him coming," Ingram said in "I think it's a godsend. I'm sorry. The situation is bad. And there are going to be people who will say 'why did he come to my town?' I don't know why. I don't why the hurricane happened [either]. But there is a reason."

The president had already authorized federal aid to the area when he signed an emergency disaster declaration earlier in the week, according to The Hill.

Several tornadoes touched down from the storm that destroyed homes and businesses in the area. The National Weather Service (NWS) classified one tornado in Barbour County as an EF1 and another as EF2. Macon County got a touchdown from an EF1 tornado that moved into Lee County, which also got the powerful EF4 tornado. According to the Enhanced Fujita Scale, an EF4 tornado has damaging and deadly winds from 166-200 mph.

Local officials deemed by Monday that 23 people ranging in age from 6 to 89 had been killed from the storm.

"Yesterday, tornados ravaged through parts of Alabama, leaving behind trails of devastation and the loss of human life," Gov. Ivey said on Monday. "To know Alabama, is to know that we are a tightly-knit community of people. Today, each one of us mourns the loss of our fellow Alabamians."​