CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) – With flag-waving optimism, President Donald Trump answered Harvey’s wrath Tuesday by providing in-individual assurances to these within the storm zone that his administration will work tirelessly to assist the area get well from the huge flooding and storm-inflicted destruction.
“We’re going to get you again and working instantly,” Trump advised an impromptu crowd that gathered outdoors a Corpus Christi hearth station about 30 miles from the place the storm made landfall on Friday.
For all of his eagerness to get the federal catastrophe response proper, although, Trump missed clear alternatives to strike a sympathetic observe for multitudes who’re struggling. The president didn’t point out those that died within the storm or these pressured from their houses by its floodwaters. And he basked within the consideration of cheering supporters outdoors the hearth station the place officers briefed him on the restoration.
“What a crowd, what a turnout,” Trump declared earlier than waving a Texas flag from atop a step ladder positioned between two hearth vans. “That is historic. It is epic what occurred, however you realize what, it occurred in Texas, and Texas can deal with something.”
Trump is clearly decided to grab the second and present a forceful response to Harvey, aware of the political alternatives and dangers that pure disasters pose for any president. Trump has been affected by low approval scores and self-created disaster, and the White Home is keen to point out him as a forceful chief in a time of hassle.
The president stored his distance from the epicenter of the injury in Houston to keep away from disrupting restoration operations. However he plans to return to the area on Saturday, and Vice President Mike Pence will go to as properly.
What little injury Trump noticed – boarded up home windows, downed tree limbs and fences askew – was by means of the tinted home windows of his SUV as his motorcade ferried him from the Corpus Christi airport to the firehouse in a metropolis that is already almost again to regular.
Trump spoke optimistically concerning the tempo of the restoration, and predicted his response can be a textbook case for future presidents.
“We need to do it higher than ever earlier than,” he stated. “We need to be checked out in 5 years, in 10 years from now as, ‘That is the best way to do it.'”
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