After Trump spent Friday morning tweeting about his frustration with Senate rules, lauding his “fantastic” chief of staff and taunting Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker, the administration seemed to buckle down as Hurricane Harvey took aim at the Texas coast. George W. Bush’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina, which killed more than 1,000 people and inundated New Orleans in 2005, loomed large over Trump’s White House.
“It’s not just on my mind, but it’s on the mind of all the emergency managers in our community,” White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said of Katrina during a press briefing.
He insisted the government’s ability to respond to storms has improved since Katrina and said Trump is fully engaged in preparations as he heads to Camp David for the weekend. Bossert said Trump is worried about all Americans in the storm’s path — regardless of whether they voted for the President.
“This is right up President Trump’s alley,” Bossert said. “Not only has he shown leadership here, but his entire focus has been on making America great again.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she expected Trump to visit Texas next week.
Opportunity for Trump
Harvey provides an opportunity for Trump early in his tumultuous presidency. A strong, even-handed and coordinated response from federal, state and local officials could give the President a chance to demonstrate leadership skills. If he can muster a level of discipline that often evades him, a news cycle dominated for days could help Trump, distracting from feuds with fellow Republicans, including his widely criticized response to violent…
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