President Donald Trump made two visits to the flood-ravaged regions in Texas on Tuesday, during which he attempted to uplift spirits with an ill-timed joke.
“Probably there’s never been anything so expensive in our country’s history,” the commander-in-chief said about recovery and rebuilding efforts in the future during a briefing at an emergency operations center in Austin.
“There’s never been anything so historic in terms of damage and in terms of ferocity as what we’ve witnessed with Harvey. Sounds like such an innocent name, Ben, right, but it’s not innocent,” Trump said to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who also attended the briefing.
The president added, “Nobody’s ever seen this much water. The wind was pretty horrific, in particular, but the water has never been seen like this, to this extent. And it’s, maybe someday going to disappear. We keep waiting.”
Earlier in the day, during his first photo opportunity in Corpus Christi, Trump boasted about crowd size.
“What a crowd, what a turnout,” he said before waving a Texas flag. “This is historic. It’s epic what happened, but you know what, it happened in Texas, and Texas can handle anything.”
Trump also told the audience that there is more work to be done before he can say congratulations for a job well done.
“We won’t say congratulations. We don’t want to do that. We don’t want to congratulate. We’ll congratulate each other when it’s all finished,” he vowed.
Speaking with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and FEMA Administrator Brock Long, the president shared his hopes of…
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