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Houston flood: Trump visits Texas amid 'epic' rainfall

02 Setiembre 2017, 05:30 | Fidele Alvizo

Residents use boats to evacuate flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey along Tidwell Road east Houston Texas US Aug 28 2017. Reuters

Residents use boats to evacuate flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey along Tidwell Road east Houston Texas US Aug 28 2017. Reuters

The president was scheduled to get briefings on the relief efforts in Corpus Christi, Texas, and later meet with state officials at the emergency operations center in Austin.

"Thank you, everybody. What a crowd".

That's not a "Saturday Night Live" skit. Cuts to emergency preparedness - like the natural disasters themselves - fall particularly hard on the most vulnerable.

He has talked favorably about the higher television ratings that come with hurricane coverage, predicted that he will soon be congratulating himself and used 16 exclamation points in 22 often breathless tweets about the storm. The email encourages people to "help our fellow Americans in need".

USA lawmakers are expected to pass a large aid package for victims of Hurricane Harvey, but specifics of the plan and its price tag are unclear as Congress awaits a funding request from the Trump administration.

As Think Progress noted following Trump's appearance, "In all of his public statements since Harvey made landfall, Trump has mentioned the victims just once".

"Must stand together as Americans", LoBidondo tweeted on Monday, as the New Jersey Republican say it was important not to be "hypocritical based on geography", with LoBiondo joining King in expressing his frustration with Texas Republicans in the Congress.

He then proclaimed "What a crowd, what a turnout!", to a crowd that a pool report estimated to be in the hundreds.

Supporters of the Trumps stood by Melania's fashion choice. You are a "loser" or a "bad guy".

Is Melania Trump the HOTTEST first lady ever? 'Look, we saw what was in the president's and first lady's hearts that day, not what was on their feet, and it suggested to me. that the left is really anxious that the president is successfully showing leadership and compassion and empathy and resolve and action'.

Other federal agencies involved in the Harvey response efforts include the National Guard; the Coast Guard, which has performed some 2,000 rescues; and the Department of Health and Human Services, which has 500 people on the ground in Texas and Louisiana with medical equipment and supplies. "We're not feeling the empathy as much as he's going through the motions".

While Trump's pending budget request didn't touch the core disaster aid account, it proposed cutting several grant programs to states to help them reduce flood risks before a disaster strikes, as well as improve outdated flood maps to help communities plan for floods and take steps to better manage development in flood zones.

The Houston metro area covers about 10,000 square miles, and is crisscrossed by about 1,700 miles of channels, creeks and bayous that drain into the Gulf of Mexico, about 50 miles to the south east. Her most recent video shows her standing in what looks like a gymnasium, a headband pulling her hair back to reveal a makeup-free face and a sweatshirt. "The job... has been really incredible and everyone's talking about it". The president will be joined by first lady Melania Trump.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Washington Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.

A spokeswoman for a Houston hotel said one of its employees disappeared while helping about 100 guests and workers evacuate the building.



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