Vice President Pence will visit later this week.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump boarded Air Force One this morning (yes, I covered the left losing its mind over her freaking shoes) to survey the damage and speak to Texas officials about recovery. From Fox News:
“We want to do it better than ever before,” Trump said of the recovery. “We want to be looked at in five years or ten years from now as this is the way to do it.”
Speaking of the storm, the president said: “This was of epic proportion. Nobody has ever seen anything like this.”
The administration has also encouraged citizens to donate what they can to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and the ASPCA. Do not forget the animals! They need food and shelter, too.
He also told the people that the government is “here to take care of you” and that everyone will get the cities “back and operating immediately.”
Pres Trump holds up Texas flag after addressing crowd outside his storm response briefing. “We love you. You are special,” he says. pic.twitter.com/BJAuScZi0D
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) August 29, 2017
By the time Hurricane Harvey ends, areas could receive up to 50″ of water. The hurricane has affected around 6.8 million people across the coastline and officials believe recovery will cost $30 billion.
A large chunk of Trump’s Cabinet traveled to Texas with him: Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon. These members will meet with their Texas counterparts separately.
Republican Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn also joined Trump.
However, a finalized schedule never happened because Trump did not want to cause disruptions. From The Texas Tribune:
Trump’s schedule in Texas does not appear to be entirely finalized. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters aboard Air Force One that Trump’s schedule is “a little bit more fluid today than a normal travel day” due to the weather and other storm-related circumstances, according to a pool report.
“The president wants to be very cautious about making sure that any activity doesn’t disrupt any of the recovery efforts that are still ongoing, which is the reason for the locations we are going here today,” Huckabee Sanders said. “As of right now, I don’t know that we will be able to get to some of the really damaged areas.”
Vice President Mike Pence will visit Texas later this week. From Fox News:
“My wife and I will be in southeast Texas later this week, and we’re going to continue to provide all of the resources necessary to advance the efforts to rescue people that are enduring this storm,” he said.
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