NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Nashville Mayor John Cooper says he has not heard from President Donald Trump following the Christmas Day bombing.
The explosion on 2nd Avenue rattled downtown Nashville, leaving three people hurt and more than 40 businesses damaged.
When asked by CNN if he has heard from President Trump, Mayor Cooper replied, “No, I haven’t.”
Cooper continued to say that U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn has been in contact with the President about the blast.
“Our senior senator I know talked to him [President Trump] yesterday she said and he apparently had been following the news very closely, and was committing help from the federal government aspect for which we are grateful and we’ll need that,” Mayor Cooper told CNN.
“This has been a trying year for Nashville, but we are strong and we will recover,” said Senator Blackburn. “I am urging President Trump to declare a major disaster declaration to provide all necessary federal resources to help Nashville’s recovery and support the small business owners that have already been hurting from the pandemic.”
Mayor Cooper expects the devastation left on historic 2nd Avenue to take months of rebuilding.
“You’ve got facades that are in danger, windows shattered. People are going to have to expect it’s going to be months before it’s back to normal,” Cooper told CNN.
The morning of the explosion, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere issued the following statement:
“President Trump has been briefed on the explosion in Nashville, Tennessee, and will continue to receive regular updates. The President is grateful for the incredible first responders and praying for those who were injured.”