HOUSTON ― President Donald Trump on Tuesday landed in Texas, meeting with officials on the ground to assess damage from Hurricane Harvey, as residents grapple with massive flooding and persistent rainfall.
Since making landfall on Friday as a category 4 storm, Harvey has dumped more than 40 inches of rain across southern Texas and displaced tens of thousands of people, with some of the worst impacts in Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city.
The president and first lady Melania Trump are making stops in Corpus Christi, near where the storm made landfall, and in Austin ― the site of the storm’s emergency response center. Trump said he would not visit Houston in order to not disrupt rescue and recovery efforts with the complicated logistics of a presidential visit.
“The president wants to be very cautious about making sure that any activity doesn’t disrupt any of the recovery efforts that are still ongoing, which is the reason for the locations we are going here today,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One.
The president’s trip presents his administration with a major test, as the storm and its aftermath are perhaps the first crisis that was not of Trump’s own making.
Trump received criticism for callously responding to the storm, releasing a barrage of other news as the hurricane made landfall on Friday evening, and posting a stream of unrelated tweets throughout the weekend.
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