Trump seeks $7.8 billion for Harvey storm recovery

by Abel Hampton September 5, 2017, 0:15
Trump seeks $7.8 billion for Harvey storm recovery

The Trumps later handed out hot dogs in white boxes bearing the Red Cross logo, pausing frequently to greet and take selfies with enthusiastic aid recipients.

Abbott and Trump stopped at a table piled high with toys and books to speak with a family. "It's been very nice".

"As tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing, I think, even for the country to watch". Trump said that was intentional because he did not want to interfere with rescue and recovery operations.

Just another Friday afternoon in a world where the liars no longer even care how obviously wrong they are, because they can just freely create an alternate reality. At the stadium, Trump stopped by a children's play area, received hugs and handshakes and took pictures with people. He said of the damage, "There's a lot of water, but it's moving out". "Most importantly, the governor, the relationship with the governor, the mayor and everybody, it's been fantastic", Trump told reporters while touring the relief center.

"We want to do it better than ever before".

Departing for Texas and Louisiana with @FLOTUS Melania right now @JBA_NAFW. Parts of western Houston have seen sustained flooding in part because the Army Corps of Engineers has intentionally released water from two swollen reservoirs - and the flooding there won't recede soon, Turner said. The real test of leadership in Washington will come in the months and years ahead, as the Harvey recovery effort collides head-on with the Trump administration's desire to shrink the size and cost of the federal government.

The region is grappling with areas that are "deadly risky", according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Ted Cruz and four Cabinet secretaries joined the president on stage.

Trump has been closely involved in the federal response to the disaster and has promised Texas and Louisiana any help needed for recovery. "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!"

"Friend helping friend, neighbor helping neighbor, stranger helping stranger - we've seen it perhaps more so than at any time, so vividly at least, during Hurricane Harvey", Trump said Friday from the Oval Office. She left the ground all dressed up for her second trip to Texas only to do a quick change while still in midair.

When Trump visited the Gulf of Mexico coastal region on Tuesday, he met with state and local leaders and first responders, largely focusing on the logistics of the government response rather than the suffering of residents.

Vice President Pence later visited the area with his wife Karen to meet directly with survivors and underscore the administration's commitment to rebuilding the affected communities.

The government's going to have to borrow to reach the $7 billion The White House is requesting. About $450 million is slated for the Small Business Administration's disaster loan program to help small businesses and homeowners get back on their feet.

The Trump administration is asking Congress for almost $8 billion in Hurricane Harvey aid as the search-and-rescue phase is slowly giving way to recovery more than a week after the storm slammed into southeastern Texas.

President Donald Trump returned to Texas on Saturday to check in on the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort and meet with victims of the storm that ravaged southeast Texas.


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