“We hurt together, we struggle together and believe me, we endure together”.
Trump adds that “there’s probably never been anything like” the storm and that “recovery will be a long and hard road”. “Protecting the lives of our people is my highest priority”, Trump said.
A reporter from Texas asked Trump whether the storm made him reconsider this threat, and Trump said, “it has nothing to do with it”. If a leaf is carried into one of those quiet areas, it’ll stay there – and the same can happen to storm systems that move beyond the reach of strong air-current patterns, Runyen said.
“Things are being handled really well, the spirit is incredible of the people and the coordination between all of the different services, as you know, has been going very well”, he said.
Harvey is then expected to slowly move northeast across Louisiana and Arkansas as a tropical depression into Saturday. The White House announced the first visit even before Harvey made landfall. “We also hope our actions encourage others to do what they can to help their neighbors in need right now”. Trump’s travel to Texas comes as the state continues to deal with the aftermath of the hurricane, including continued flooding that is forcing additional evacuations in the state.
“He asked me to pass on to these local leaders his gratitude and how impressed he was” with emergency efforts”, Abbott said, adding that he would give the federal government an “A-plus” for its reaction to the disaster. Long said. The agency has already deployed housing assessment teams in some parts of the state. “There just wouldn’t be anything left inside”, he said.
Trump also met for almost two hours on Saturday with his homeland security team and top advisers to discuss the coordination of federal resources and relief efforts, Bossert said. However, the relatively low classification, based on wind speed, was deceptive because Katrina produced the highest storm surge ever recorded in the United States.
In flood-gorged Houston, a break in the rain wasn’t enough to stop the deliberate, alarming march of floodwaters toward the home of Marissa Nunez. A 2016 ProPublica report warned that as Houston became the metropolis of 2 million people it is today, developers paved over empty land that would have otherwise absorbed rainwater.
Crews overwhelmed by thousands of rescue calls during one of the heaviest downpours in US history have had little time to search for other potential victims, but officials acknowledge the grim reality that fatalities linked to Harvey could soar once the devastating floodwaters recede from one of the country’s most sprawling metropolitan centres. “But we have to realize it will be a new normal for the region”.
Trump also tweeted Sunday evening that the “spirit of the people is incredible”.
Trump advisers are well-aware that the hurricane poses a significant test for the White House, which has largely been mired in crises of its own making during Trump’s first seven months in office, including the president’s widely-criticized response to white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
President Trump will touch down in Corpus Christi, Texas, at noon Tuesday to survey the flood damage with his wife, Melania.