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A Minneapolis business owner praised President Donald Trump and his administration for helping her efforts to get back on her feet after her salon was burned to the ground by rioters.
Weeks after the owner of Flora’s Hair Designs pleaded for the president to visit her ravaged city and help struggling residents get back their livelihoods, Flora Westbrooks told Fox News she still has not gotten any assistance from local government officials. But she did get to meet with Vice President Mike Pence and the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump recently as they got to see her burned-out property first hand.
Westbrooks’ salon was burned down in late May just days before it was scheduled to reopen following months of being closed due to the coronavirus. In early September, she said she would like to tell the president to come to Minneapolis and “bring his checkbook” as she and other business owners had been left hanging since the riots that erupted after the death of George Floyd.
She told “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy on Friday that local leaders have done “zero” for her and her hopes of rebuilding her salon.
(Source: Fox News)
“I would like to tell them why don’t you keep your word?” Westbrook said she would like to say to Minnesota government officials after months of empty promises. “You told me you would be there for me and you have not did anything — that was in June when I saw you, I have not seen or heard from you since. And I’m really devastated. I’m upset. I’m very angry.”
She explained that she has received no financial assistance, no loans or grants, to help her but expressed confidence in the encouraging words of the vice president when she met with him and Ivanka Trump.
“They told me that they are going to get my business rebuilt, get it back up and running. The vice president told me don’t worry, you’re going to be rebuilt. I’m going to make sure you rebuild. He told me that on Wednesday night, too,” she said, referring to the vice presidential debate this week where she was Pence’s guest.
Flora Westbrook is the guest for VP @Mike_Pence at the debate tonight
She met with @IvankaTrump & the VP in Minneapolis at the end of Sept when she showed them the wreckage from her small biz being burned down during the riots.
She is now re-building stronger than ever! https://t.co/Thso1mEi3F pic.twitter.com/AwEMEdG9xb
— Carolina H. (@CarolinaLHurley) October 8, 2020
The vice president had also tweeted a video of his meeting with the salon owner. Ivanka shared photos from the visit at the time on social media.
Met Flora at her 35 year old small business, Flora’s Hair Design, an American dream that was burnt to the ground.
We are with you and the people of Minneapolis. God Bless. pic.twitter.com/Q9KyE5Ehz1
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) September 25, 2020
“He is going to make sure that I get back up running,” Westbrooks told Doocy on Friday, referring to Pence. “So, you know, just waiting. And I’m sure he will do it. I’m very sure that the vice president is going to do something.”
Pence spoke about the business owner as he slammed the leftist rioters during his debate with Sen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday.
Flora Westbrooks, is one of Vice President @Mike_Pence’s guest at the debate tonight.
Her salon was burned to the ground by Left-Wing rioters.
There is no excuse for what happened to George Floyd, but there is also no excuse for rioting and looting.#VPDebate pic.twitter.com/U2x9Mx7jM7
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) October 8, 2020
“I know your family’s down in Arizona and has talked about you coming down but don’t make any plans to leave Minneapolis,” Pence told Westbrooks in a video clip shared this week.
“You’re going to build back,” he told her at a listening session with a “Cops for Trump” group last month. “This community is going to be with you and we’re going to be with you.”
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