Trump Cites 'Happiness' At Texas Shelter As Harvey Death Toll Climbs


Speaking at First Church in Pearland, Texas, Trump noted that the coordination between local, state and federal government officials was "terrific".

In newly-dry parts of Houston, residents are pulling their belongings outside so they can air out. "It's been very nice".

"As tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing", he added. "I think even for the country to watch and for the world to watch". "I'm taking my time, I'm going to make sure I do this thing right".

Making landfall late last Friday as a powerful category 4 hurricane, Harvey brought absolute devastation to southeast Texas with winds of 130 miles per hour and feet of rainfall.

Trump hugged, kissed and played with children at the "kid zone" in Houston's NRG Center, a convention facility which has been turned in to the city's largest emergency shelter.

Meanwhile, Trump also promised to donate $1 million.

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In the first stop of their second visit to Texas this week, the president and the first lady spent almost 45 minutes at the NRG convention center meeting with people affected by the disaster. They arrive in addition to the 12,000 National Guard members in Texas who were activated by Gov. Abbott days ago, plus the Coast Guard members and other troops already on the scene.

But in recent days the NFL star hasn't been getting attention for his American football skills, but for his work to help people affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.

President Donald Trump returns to Texas Saturday, this time to meet with families whose lives have been upended by Hurricane Harvey as well as volunteers with the rescue and recovery efforts. According to the Salvation Army web site, "As Hurricane Harvey causes widespread damage across Texas, the Salvation Army is ready to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers".

On the same day as his visit to Texas, the White House announced that the Trump administration was making additional disaster assistance available to Texas.

When asked about the devastating flooding still covering much of the region, he replied: "The flooding?" "Not a single dollar has been spent yet. We want to be there, we want to be ahead of it, so we can get a jump-start on getting these people back on their feet", Watt said Sunday. "We are with you today, we are with you tomorrow, and we will be with you EVERY SINGLE DAY AFTER, to restore, recover, and REBUILD!"