Trump Heads to Texas for a Do-Over, Set to Finally Meet Hurricane Victims
Don’t tell U.S. President Donald Trump that Hurricane Harvey devastated the lives of millions of Texans including minorities. Last week, he wasn’t in the mood to meet any of the storm victims when he visited Corpus Christi, Texas. Today, the president and First Lady Melania Trump head back to the Lone Star State for a do-over.
Sources tell The Liberal Advocate News that Mr. Trump and the First Lady plan to meet and greet actual hurricane victims, not just state elected officials for photo-ops.
The President has requested up to $14 billion for Hurricane Harvey relief for the Gulf Coast and other affected states although Texas officials say that will not be nearly enough to cover the damage cause by the storm.
President Trump will “visit with storm survivors and tell them personally that the federal government is here to help in any way that we can,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told the media on Friday.
“He’ll have the chance to meet extensively with quite a few storm survivors, as well as talk with some of the volunteers that are helping administer a lot of the support that these individuals have needed over the last week,” Sanders added.
Trump was roundly condemned after his first visit when he said he saw the storm damage “first hand.” He was in Corpus Christi and Austin during that visit. Today, he is scheduled to visit hard hit Houston, Texas and Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Vice president Mike Pence was in the region earlier in the week as well.
While in Houston today, Trump will visit a hurricane relief center.
In Lake Charles, Louisiana, he will meet with the county emergency operations center, National Guard and so-called “Cajun Navy,” or volunteers who assisted in search and rescue operations at the height of the storm in Houston, Texas.
The President tweeted that “great progress” is being made in the recovery efforts in Texas and Louisiana. “I will be going to Texas and Louisiana tomorrow with First Lady. Great progress being made! Spending weekend working at White House,” Trump tweeted Friday.
The President and First Lady Melania will return to The White House later today.
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