Marshalltown Mayor meets President Trump

AP PHOTO/EVAN VUCCI President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he greets supporters after landing at Dubuque Regional Airport Thursday.

DUBUQUE — Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer shook hands with President Donald Trump as he got off Air Force One for a visit to Dubuque. The meeting happened just one week after an EF-3 tornado swept through the heart of Marshalltown.

Greer said Trump asked how things were going. He told the president that Marshalltown still needed a lot of help. U.S. Rep. Rod Blum also got off the plane with Trump. Blum visited Marshalltown the day after the tornado.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg were also in attendance, along with the mayors of Pella and Bondurant, which were also hit hard by storms last Thursday.Greer was given contact information for a person in the governor’s office that could give the go ahead to get the National Guard’s help in Marshalltown.

Marshalltown’s Deputy Fire Chief Chris Cross was also in attendance. Just before Monday’s city council meeting, the White House staff informed Greer about the meeting. They said they wanted him and a first responder to be in attendance so the president could thank them.

“Overall it was a really good three or four hours spent,” Greer said.

Editor’s note: This article was corrected to reflect that Chris Cross is Marshalltown’s Deputy Fire Chief.