Thanking the local administration and emergency response leaders in Texas, U.S. President Donald Trump said that the situation needs to be handled in a better way than ever before. “It’s a real team, and we want to do it better than ever before,” Trump said here after receiving updates on Harvey relief efforts from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) head Brock Long. Trump said that he hopes to set the standard for emergency response in the coming years, with that of Texas. “We want to be looked at in five years, in 10 years from now as, this is the way to do it,’ he said. “This was of epic proportion. Nobody’s ever seen anything like this and I just want to say that working with the governor and his entire team has been an honor for us,” he added. Trump even stopped himself from congratulating the local administration for their efforts to provide relief to the people, saying there is still work to do. “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 said. Trump landed in storm-brushed Corpus Christi to take a stock of the situation after the Tropical Storm Harvey hit the area. Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, late night on August 25 as a Category 4 hurricane.
Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott of Texas, who was present here sought to allay concerns about the situation at the convention, where around 9,000 residents fleeing rising floodwaters have crowded into a shelter designed to accommodate only 5,000 people. “This is not the Superdome. At the convention center, we are sustaining food,’ he said. “I have an incident management team inside the city of Houston, and more and more people are being moved to shelters to stabilize the situation,” he said. Trump is accompanied by first lady Melania Trump to the hurricane hit area.
The president was accompanied by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Small Business Administration administrator Linda McMahon.