While Texas is enduring one of the worst storms to hit U.S. soil in recent history, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have attracted increased scrutiny—and not to the benefit of Hurricane Harvey’s victims. It started before they even boarded the plane, as Melania stepped out in snakeskin stilettos and aviator glasses (though it was overcast), while an aide carried two Louis Vuitton suitcases on board. Even though she changed into white Stan Smiths during the flight, she arrived at the airport wearing a branded FLOTUS cap. The president donned matching headgear: a white cap which featured “USA” on the front and read “Trump” in the back—for sale on Trump’s campaign website for $40.
In Texas, the president and his entourage stuck close to officials and rally-style gatherings instead of visiting local residents and shelters. Addressing supporters near Corpus Christi, Trump praised the crowd size, saying, “What a crowd,” and “What a turnout.” Journalists noted that there was hardly a mention of the hurricane’s victims, though Trump did praise the way officials have reacted to the disaster (keeping in mind President George W. Bush’s much-criticized response to Hurricane Katrina), describing FEMA director Brock Long as “a man who’s really become very famous on television in the last couple of days.”
Former White House photographer Pete Souza, who has worked in the Reagan and Obama administrations, posted a suggestion for how Trump should have reacted during his visit. It didn’t involve stilettos, branded caps, or boasts about crowd size. Instead, the photo showed President…
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