Texas still has a long way to go when it comes to recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and President Trump has returned to the Houston area to lend a helping hand.
During his second trip in a week, the President was able to spend a but more time in the Lone Star State than during his visit on Tuesday. Now that the floodwaters have begun to recede and Americans the state over are beginning to pick up the pieces, the President’s presence was considered a Godsend by many, who praised his efforts and the dignity that he showed to all Texans.
Not only did Trump have words of encouragement for those struggling with the destruction and devastation of the powerful storm, but the President showed a great deal of humility by spending time in evacuee shelters, rolling up his sleeves, and doing work on the ground floor of the recovery effort.
“President Donald Trump spent time meeting with Hurricane Harvey victims at the Houston NRG hurricane relief center on Saturday before serving meals from the Red Cross.
“Gov. Greg Abbott, the state’s first lady Cecilia Abbott, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner met Trump and first lady Melania Trump upon their arrival at Ellington Field in Houston. The Texas governor and Houston Mayor continued on with Trump to the relief center.
“As the motorcade left the airport it passed a church where people were gathered with signs reading ‘we love Trump’ and ‘Texans love stilettos.’
“There were signs near the stadium that read, ‘No More Donations Accepted.’ One guy outside of the stadium held a sign that said Not Our President.
“Inside of the NRG relief center, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump met with families. He was seen speaking with and listening to families and taking photos with the children.
“’Tomorrow, national prayer day, tomorrow,’ the President projected to a pool of television cameras at one point.
“’A lot of love,’ the President told reporters of his time at the relief center. Asked about the families that the president met with, he replied, ‘They were just happy, saw a lot of happiness.’”
Hurricane Harvey’s path of destruction included not only the Gulf Coast, which is highly susceptible to major storms such as this, but also the metropolitan city of Houston.
Houston, which lies inland several hundred miles from the coast, was severely flooded after Harvey, then-downgraded to a Tropical Storm, stalled out over the city, deluging Houstonians with whatever precipitation remained from its time over the Gulf.
Authorities in the area believe that the flooding could last well into next week, as rescue efforts continue day and night through Labor Day Weekend.