Donald Trump delivered a prepared speech today in Springfield, MO, in which he delivered all those verbal hugs to Texans that some TV pundits thought he would deliver while actually in Texas, one day earlier, when he spoke extemporaneously while visiting Corpus Christi and Austin.
In Texas, he focused on crowd size, and promising not to congratulate himself and state officials on the job of managing the impact of Hurricane Harvey as it was still socking the Houston area. Making the round of morning shows this morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended Trump’s remarks in Texas, saying he’d do all his hugging when he returned to Texas on Friday.
A few hours later, however, Trump delivered his make-good today:
Before we begin I’d like to take a few moments to discuss the deeply tragic situation in Texas and Louisiana. As you all know our gulf coast was hit over the weekend with a devastating hurricane of historic proportion.
Torrential rains and terrible flooding continue to pose a grave danger to life and to property. Our first responders have been doing absolutely heroic work to shepherd people out of harm’s way. And their courage and devotion has saved countless lives. They represent truly the very best of America.
We must be vigilant; we must protect the lives of our people. I was on the ground in Texas yesterday to meet with Governor Abbott – who is doing, by the way, an incredible job – and local officials, so that we could coordinate the very big and unprecedented federal response. In difficult times such as these we see the true character of the American people, their strength, their…
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