President Barack Obama visits Fresno to discuss drought in California

FRESNO, Calif. - President Barack Obama said the drought afflicting California will be very challenging this year, and he believes the challenge will continue for some time.

On Friday afternoon, Obama spoke at a roundtable with community leaders in the state, which is in the midst of its worst drought in more than 100 years.

Obama said he came to listen, and he added the entire country is deeply dependent on California producers for products used in people's daily lives. He said because of the huge economic interest, there's a national concern about the drought.

The president said his administration has been monitoring the situation and federal agencies are helping out.

Obama announced more than $160 million in federal financial aid to California. He also met with farmers affected by the drought.

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