Sat, Sept 2, 2017: Trump visits victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, hands out meals

As the Texas Gulf Coast reels from the damage and flooding from Hurricane Harvey, President Donald Trump returned the the state on Saturday to meet with families whose lives have been upended and volunteers assisting with the rescue and recovery efforts.

After arriving in Houston early on Saturday afternoon, Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited with those displaced by the storm at the city’s NRG Stadium, which is serving as a relief center. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner were at the airport to greet Air Force One today, and will be joining the president as he visits with evacuees and volunteers. Continue reading “Sat, Sept 2, 2017: Trump visits victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, hands out meals”

Sat, Sept. 2, 2017: Trump visits victims, reviews Harvey relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana

9:00 am: With the first lady, departs White House

11:20 am CT: Arrives Ellington Field, Texas

11:40 am CT: Visits individuals impacted by Hurricane Harvey; Ellington Field, Texas

12:45 pm CT: Visits Hurricane Harvey Relief Center; Hurricane Harvey Relief Center

2:25 pm CT: Participates in a meeting with members of the Texas Delegation; Ellington Field, Texas

2:50 pm CT: Departs Ellington Field, Texas

3:35 pm CT: Arrives at Chennault International Airport, Louisiana

3:45 pm CT: Participates in a meeting with members of the Louisiana delegation; Chennault International Airport, Louisiana

4:25 pm CT: Participates in a meet and greet with members of the county emergency operations center, National Guard and Cajun Navy; National Guard Armory

5:25 pm CT: Departs Chennault International Airport, Louisiana

9:05 pm: Arrives White House

Thur, Aug 29, 2017: Trump assures Texans, thanks first responders in visits to Corpus Christi and Austin

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Tuesday. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

President Trump on Tuesday assured Texans slammed by Tropical Storm Harvey that “we are here to take care of you” and promised a “better than ever before” relief effort, as he visited the state while rescuers continued to pull people from submerged homes.

During visits first to Corpus Christi on the Gulf Coast, southwest of the worst-hit areas of Houston and its environs, and then to the state capital of Austin, Trump repeatedly praised federal, state and local officials. But he said little about victims who had lost their homes and loved ones to the historic storm.

“The world is watching and the world is very impressed with what you are doing,” Trump told officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety operations center in Austin who were coordinating rescue and shelter operations as rain continued to fall and water continued to swell in flood zones.

Perhaps more welcome than praise was the president’s promise of unspecified federal aid. “We are working with Congress on helping out the state of Texas; it’s going to be a costly proposition,” Trump said, nodding at Texas’ two U.S. senators and several House members, all Republicans, who joined him.

“Probably there’s never been anything so expensive in our country’s history,” he added.

Click here to read more from The Los Angeles Times.

Tue, Aug 29, 2017: Trump, First Lady meet with recovery and response leadership in Texas

President Trump landed in storm-brushed Corpus Christi on Tuesday morning to see for himself some of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey and demonstrate his personal commitment to a region still in the grips of a historic natural disaster.

Mr. Trump, who pushed aides to schedule a visit to Texas as early as possible after Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, on Friday night as a Category 4 hurricane, initially considered touring San Antonio, which is outside the most hard-hit areas. But he settled on Corpus Christi because it was 30 miles away from the most severely impacted parts of the Gulf Coast, and suffered relatively light damage from the initial impact of the storm.

“It’s a real team, and we want to do it better than ever before,” Mr. Trump said of the response effort during a meeting with officials from local, state and federal agencies in a Corpus Christi firehouse. “We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years from now as, this is the way to do it.”

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, sitting next to the president, sought to allay concerns about the situation at the convention center in downtown Houston, where 9,000 residents fleeing rising floodwaters have crammed into a makeshift shelter designed to accommodate 5,000.

Click here to read more from The New York Times.

Tue, Aug 29, 2017: Trump visits Texas, tours relief center, is briefed on Harvey recovery operations

8:30 am: With First Lady Melania Trump, departs White House

9:30 am: Speaks with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore by telephone; Air Force One

11:25 am CT: Arrives Corpus Christi, Texas

Noon CT: Receives a briefing on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts with local leadership and relief organizations; Fire Station 5

1:30 pm CT: Departs Corpus Christi

2:25 pm CT: Arrives Austin, Texas

3:00 pm CT: Participates in a tour of the Emergency Operations Center; Austin

3:15 pm CT: Receives a briefing on Hurricane Harvey with State leadership; Governor’s Briefing Room – Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center, Austin

4:20 pm CT: Departs Austin

8:30 pm: Arrives White House