On Sunday President Trump revisited Texas to meet with flood victims and assist with the relief efforts, as covered by the BBC.
Highlights of his time there can be seen on a video he released on his Twitter feed. In the tweet, he stated “Together, we will prevail in the GREAT state of Texas. We love you! GOD BLESS TEXAS & GOD BLESS THE USA”
Together, we will prevail in the GREAT state of Texas. We love you!
GOD BLESS TEXAS & GOD BLESS THE USA🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/1rzmEenQIb
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2017
Hurricane Harvey hit Texas a week ago, leaving behind chaos, death, and destruction. While some have been able to return home, others are still seeking relief as flood waters continue to rise in their area. At least 47 people have been killed so far, and at least 43,000 people are temporarily living in shelters as they wait to go home.
President Trump’s first visit with his wife, Melania Trump, didn’t include a visit to the shelters, as the pair didn’t want to distract from the rescue efforts or get in the way of first responders. The second time, however, the Trumps made it a point to visit those affected, and to lend whatever aid they could.
Seeing the work of volunteers and taking in the heartwarming sights of people coming together, Trump said, “Things are working out well. As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing; I think even for the country to watch and for the world to watch.”
He was impressed by a tour of one of the shelters, saying, “I think people appreciate what’s been done. It’s been done very efficiently, very well, and that’s what we want. We’re very happy with the way things are going. A lot of love. There’s a lot of love.”
While the survival needs of most people affected by the flooding have been met, the work is far from over, as people are beginning to return to their ravaged homes. Officials expect that around 20% of Houston’s residents carry flood insurance, meaning the brunt of repair and reconstruction efforts will have to be paid for out-of-pocket — something most can’t afford.
To assist with this problem, President Trump has requested $7.8 billion from Congress to help pay for recovery efforts in both Texas and Louisiana. The White House has also issued a statement, saying that federal funding limits have been raised to assist with debris removal and emergency protective measures.
Even this may not be enough, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Abbott says repairing the damages that Texas and Louisiana suffered from the 20 trillion gallons of rainwater Hurricane Harvey brought with it could cost upwards of $125 billion — and that number may very well rise.
Abbott warned Texans that efforts to rebuild from the tragedy would take several years. “This is going to be a massive, massive clean-up process.”
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the biggest problem Texans are facing is access to clean drinking water. They point to floodwater as a major source of bacteria and contaminants due to overflowing sewers. This may prevent many from obtaining clean drinking water.
Throughout the Hurricane Harvey catastrophe, the Left’s false narrative of Donald Trump’s racism has been proven just that: false. Do you think this natural disaster is forcing the media to admit Trump is not a racist?
Though the effort to return to normalcy is still underway, many will be unable to return home due to severe flood damage. Still, the unity amongst survivors and volunteers is inspiring. In a time when ideological differences are so incredibly incendiary and effective at dividing us, Hurricane Harvey showed us we can still come together in love.
Trump put it best when he said, “As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing.”