Trump hands out autograph: ‘Sell this on eBay tonight, you’ll get $10,000’

Donald Trump has suggested people in the midst of Hurricane Laura could sell his autograph for $10,000.

The US president was in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Saturday to see the damage from the hurricane and to be briefed on the disaster and federal response.

He signed autographs for some of those listening, saying they could sell them on eBay for $10,000 (£7,500).

Hurricane Laura's flood devastation seen from above

Hurricane Laura’s flood destruction over Louisiana

Mr Trump sat down and called to a group of people, saying: “Come here fellas, get over here. I want a little power.”

Handing over his autograph to an official, he said: “Sell this on eBay tonight, you’ll get $10,000”, telling another recipient that he is deliberately not putting his name on as it would be worth more without it.

EBay already has a number of pieces of Trump-autographed memorabilia, with bids for some of them reaching into thousands of dollars.

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Tall buildings in Lake Charles had their windows smashed by Hurricane Laura’s 150mph (240kmph) winds, which left glass and debris scattered across the city.

At least four people were killed after trees fell on their homes.

“I’m here to support the great people of Louisiana,” Mr Trump said in a news conference in Lake Charles, adding: “It was a tremendously powerful storm.”

He said he knew one thing about the state of Louisiana: “They rebuild it fast.”

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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