US President Donald Trump traveled yesterday, Tuesday, August 30, to Texas to see the extent of the damage, discuss with local authorities, assess their needs, and assure the disaster-stricken populations they could count on On federal aid following Hurricane Harvey.
The number one US faces two crises at the same time: Harvey and North Korea. This means that each of his words, each of his decisions, is scrutinized. He has the opportunity, if he shows up, to try to regain a little respect among his compatriots.
Donald Trump, with Melania at his side, left the White House on Tuesday morning, dressed for the circumstances: khaki pants, anorak, white baseball cap. The Air Force One presidential plane landed at Corpus Christi, Harvey’s first hit town, three hours later.
First stop for an interview with local authorities and FEMA officials, the Federal Agency for Emergency Relief. Shortly afterward, perched on a fire truck, Donald Trump addressed the people of Corpus Christi, kept at a distance.
We love you, we are here to take care of you, “he assured an enthusiastic crowd. “What happened is historic, it’s epic, but you know what, it happened in Texas, and Texas can overcome it all!”, The president said, waving the flag of the state under applause.
Donald Trump then flew to Austin, the capital of Texas, for further talks with the governor and local and federal officials. A discussion that focused on reconstruction. It will be a costly project, the US president said.
Donald Trump will be judged for his ability to achieve results first and foremost
The White House tenant returned to Washington in the evening. He now has to keep his promises and get the necessary funds from Congress. It will be judged more on the real help it will provide to the Texans than on a visit of a few hours in a distressed state.
Especially since in general, if the presidential visit was appreciated by the Texans, the return trip lacked some empathy for the victims. Donald Trump especially praised the work of the authorities, volunteers. It welcomed the good coordination between local and federal services.
The president said that he wanted disaster management to remain as a model of what to do in such cases – implying that he did not do as George Bush did in 2005 – Had no physical contact with the inhabitants, except Corpus Christi, where he appeared however very remote.
When he went to Louisiana after Katrina’s passage in 2005, George W. Bush had shaken hands and pressed people to his chest. Same later with Barack Obama, on the occasion of other disasters. Donald Trump, for his part, had contacts only with the authorities.
But in terms of image, he did well to go to Texas, where he purposely avoided Houston and the other flooded areas so as not to create distractions, while rescue operations continue and hundreds Of people are still waiting to be rescued.