THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
The United States has close and longstanding ties with the people and governments of Central America, and many Americans have close family and cultural ties to these countries. In light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch, I have asked Tipper Gore to lead a Presidential Mission to Honduras and Nicaragua. Mrs. Gore will travel to the region November 10-11, 1998, to demonstrate our commitment to assist the people of Central America as they recover from this catastrophe.
Mrs. Gore will deliver supplies and participate in disaster relief efforts. She will be joined by U.S. Agency for International Develoment Administrator Brian Atwood and members of Congress on the mission. I believe that this trip will expand awareness throughout the U.S. and the world of the devastation faced by the people of Central America in order to encourage a global relief effort.