Trump then spoke to those who lost loved ones in the tragedy. Preliminary estimates say the storm did $22 billion in damage across the region, which would put Florence among the top 10 costliest storms in USA history.
At least 27 of the deaths happened in North Carolina.
In New Bern days later, the president was seeking more information on the grounded boat's condition - a good yacht should never go to waste.
With the remnants of Florence finally out to sea and skies bright over rivers still swelling with muddy water, U.S. President Donald Trump visited the disaster zone, riding through soggy neighbourhoods and helping pass out warm meals at a church in the hard-hit coastal town of New Bern. When asked if she ever thought of leaving, she shook her head no.
Speaking from inside an airplane hangar, Trump told emergency workers, "The job you've done has been incredible. This will be a total lie, but that's what they do, and everybody knows it!" They were placed on leave pending an investigation.
The president later told reporters the homeowner told Trump his insurance company didn't want to pay for the damage, according to the report.
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"America grieves with you and our hearts break for you". It was observed that the event felt more like a campaign rally than a sympathy tour.
The president, who a year ago visited Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico after the passage of several hurricanes, repeated several activities that he had undertaken there, distributing hot dogs and other food to people forced from their homes and chatting with some of those affected. The mayor of San Juan said the act was "terrible and abominable". Florence's death toll is now at least 34.
The Cape Fear River was expected to crest at 61.5 feet (19 meters), 4 times its normal height, on Wednesday in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a city of 200,000 near the Fort Bragg Army base in the southern part of the state, according to the National Weather Service.
"How's it doing?" the president asked after one woman pointed at a house.
The official assured him the lake was all right. "I can't tell you why, but I love that area".
The former basketball star Michael Jordan, a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association, donated $2m to the Florence recovery effort, the team said.