Trump travels to Houston to meet Harvey survivors

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner were at the airport to greet Air Force One.

President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, met with individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey inside the NRG Center in Houston. Credit Tom Brenner:The New York Times

President Donald Trump made a stop in Texas on Saturday to meet victims of Hurricane Harvey.

After arriving in Houston early on Saturday afternoon, Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited with those displaced by the storm at the city’s NRG Stadium, which is serving as a relief center. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner were at the airport to greet Air Force One today, and are joining the president as he visits with evacuees and volunteers.

Trump told volunteers and storm victims that Texas would beat expectations in the speed of its recovery.

“The water’s disappearing. We knew we have a long way to go, but the water’s disappearing,” he said. “It’s a long term. We’re talking about, they say two years, three years, but I think that because this is Texas you’ll probably do it in six months!”

As he walked around the center, he stopped to talk with victims and volunteers, posing for selfies and flashing his signature thumbs up for the cameras. Trump also spoke today of the letter the White House sent to Congress Friday night formally requesting $7.85 billion for Harvey response efforts, saying he was hopeful that the funds will be approved quickly. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office says the House will vote on Harvey funding next week.

Throughout the visit, the first lady could also be seen hugging, smiling, and speaking with victims.

Trump had been criticized for not meeting flood victims on his first trip to the disaster zone and seemed determined to put that right. The president and his wife donned plastic gloves to serve lunch to families at the shelter, and he was pictured sitting with children at tables piled high with donated games.

After spending time greeting service members lined up to take photos with their cell phones and shake hands, the president greeted Coast Guard members.

He then offered some impromptu remarks, congratulating them for saving some 11,000 people. He took a moment to take a crack at the media in the process, saying the Coast Guard went “into winds the media would not go into, they would not go into those winds, unless it’s a really good story.”

After Houston, Trump headed to Lake Charles, Louisiana for a visit to the National Guard Armory.

Pictured  President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, met with individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey inside the NRG Center in Houston. CreditTom Brenner/The New York Times

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