Donald Trump’s proactive approach to Hurricane Harvey is turning a number of critics into supporters.
Houston area rapper Lil’ Flip released an exclusive video for TMZ, praising President Trump for becoming personally involved in the relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey. “I’m feeling good that Donald Trump came to Texas,” the rapper said. “I feel like it’s the president’s duty to get out there with the people on the front lines sometimes and see what’s going on. So I feel like it’s good he came.”
President Trump’s proactive approach to dealing with Hurricane Harvey is helping the American people see his softer side, and many are viewing the relief efforts as a turning point in the public’s perception of the Trump administration.
One Texas women, who posed for a selfie with the president during his visit to a relief center, said meeting Donald Trump in the flesh changed her opinion of him. The women found him to be kind and reassuring, according to ABC News reporter Elex Michaelson.
In his video, rapper Lil’ Flip also took aim at President Trump’s critics. “A lot of times I feel that people, they sit back and they criticize on what you do,” he said. “But those same people… did those same people, did they catch flights to Houston? Did those same people go out there and make great speeches? So, it’s kind of like a ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ situation. At the end of the day, you can’t never please everybody.”
“So, my take on that is,” Lil’ Flip continued. “If you go point the finger at somebody, then you should be out there. So whoever has a problem with how he handled it, then they should go out there and do something as well. You know what I mean? I feel like as long as you’re doing what you’re doing from the heart, and if that’s the case with them, so be it.”
The rapper did have one criticism of the president’s trip. “So I feel like it’s good he came. Kind of wish he would have came to Houston as well,” he said, while thanking President Trump for visiting Corpus Christi.
However, the Washington Post reports that President Trump was forced to avoid Houston and other danger-prone areas on his trip.
“It’s my understanding he will not be coming to the Houston area, which is the most still danger-prone area,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), in preparation for President Trump’s visit. “Instead it will be closer to where the hurricane came across shore, which is closer to the Corpus Christi or San Antonio area.”
President Trump, for his part, is putting considerable effort into guaranteeing that his administration’s reaction to Hurricane Harvey will set an example for future administrations. The Washington Examiner reports that, during a briefing in Texas last week, President Trump said, “We want to do it better than ever before,” adding, “We want to be looked at in five years and 10 years from now as this is the way to do it. This was of epic proportion. No one has ever seen anything like this.”