Trump said the federal government is assisting state and local officials on restoring water to roughly 180,000 residents and protecting the energy infrastructure in Louisiana.
He sat down and called to a group of people, saying: "Come here fellas, get over here".
At the end of a press conference with FEMA officials in Lake Charles, Louisiana on Saturday, he signed autographs for city officials and first responders.More news: COVID-19 Update from Chief Medical Officer of Health
"This is a tremendously strong storm", said Trump.
Louisiana lawmakers accompanying Trump included Senator John Kennedy and Representatives Clay Higgins, Steve Scalise and Garret Graves, all Republicans.
The estimate, which is the first of the official post-landfall figures from a catastrophe risk modeller, is based only on industry insured losses to onshore property caused by hurricane Laura's winds and storm surge. He was greeted by several hundred supporters and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.More news: US prosecutors seek tough sentences for George Floyd cops - International
He also met with National Guard personnel in Louisiana helping with relief efforts and later flew to Orange, Texas, to meet with officials. He was flying back to Washington Saturday evening. This includes in Puerto Rico, in which Trump was photographed tossing rolls of paper towel into the audience, which some viewed as inappropriately lively, given the conditions. "And he had been captured on camera telling a man he had handed out food to" have a fantastic time". "In actuality, if it came in it was much larger than Katrina, I'd say".
In a possible subtle dig at the incumbent, Biden praised the response of families in the hurricane-hit states and thanked them for "reminding Americans that no disaster, no single person, no injustice can match the humble, personal, courageous ways that Americans choose decency every single day".
The massive storm hit Louisiana early on Thursday with 150 mile-per-hour (240 kph) winds, damaging buildings, knocking down trees and cutting power to more than 650,000 people in Louisiana and Texas.More news: Trump Presses Law and Order Message as Protest Turns Deadly
It has been blamed for at least 14 deaths in Louisiana and Texas, with more than half of them due to improper use of portable generators, which produce toxic carbon monoxide gas. After a tornado ripped through Alabama previous year, killing almost two dozen people, Trump spent time with families who'd lost loved ones, listening to their stories and hugging them.