Today, President Trump and the First Lady Melania met with first responders in Corpus Christi to see first hand the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
If the crowd’s enthusiasm is any kind of indication, then there is no doubt Texas is …Donald Trump country.
H/T Conservative Tribune:
While on the way to the Annaville Fire Department for a briefing on the area’s rescue efforts, hundreds of Texans reportedly lined the roads to welcome and cheer for Trump.
Chants of “USA!,” “Texas for Trump,” “We Love Trump,” “Texas Strong,” and “We Love Trump!” could all be heard as Trump arrived, according to Breitbart News. A photo of the crowd showed Texans lined up so far down the road that they filled the entire picture.
Trump took a moment to address the gathered people. Climbing onto a ladder and waving the Texas state flag, Trump and said four words that made the crowd go wild.
“Texas can handle anything!” the president declared.
Trump has made a strong effort to stay in the loop about the hurricane preparations and response efforts. On Twitter, he posted numerous updates as he and the first lady monitored the storm from Camp David, and made it clear that he intended to visit the affected areas as soon as possible.
Trump was reportedly also in close contact with Texas officials, including Governor Abbott, former Governor Rick Perry and Senator Ted Cruz.
“[The president] told me directly whatever Texas needs, you got it,” Cruz stated to CNBC’s Contessa Brewer, who is on location in Houston.
Trump had nothing but praise for federal and local officials. He called them ‘a real team’ as they continued in their life-saving missions with more storms on the way. Trump also stated in regards to the relief efforts,
“We want to do it better than ever before. We want to be looked at in five years, 10 years from now, as this is the way to do it.”
Brock Long, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator, described a dire situation to the president and said the priority remained rescuing Texans from the flood. Discussing the Houston convention center, which is sheltering residents, Mr. Long said: “This is not the Superdome.” He was referencing the dangerous conditions that developed at that facility after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005.
Trump was also joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke.
Trump said he expects Texas to recover fully from Harvey and anticipated that “you’re going to see very rapid action from Congress” in the form of disaster relief funds.