Trump: Harvey Relief Will Be a Model for the Future

'We want to be looked at in five years and 10 years from now' as an example
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2017 1:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump visited Texas on Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the devastation of Harvey, and he promised that relief efforts under his watch would set a mark for future such efforts. "We want to be looked at in five years and 10 years from now as, 'This is the way to do it,'" Trump said at a firehouse in Corpus Christi, Texas, per USA Today. After Corpus Christi, the president and first lady were to visit Austin. Press chief Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the president is conscious "about making sure that any activity doesn't disrupt any of the recovery efforts." He won't, for instance, be going to Houston.

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"We won't say congratulations," Trump said after praising the work of those around him, including Ted Cruz and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. "We don't want to do that, we don't want to congratulate. We'll congratulate each other when it's all finished." Abbott, for his part, talked about conditions at the convention center in Houston, where about 9,000 people were sheltered, nearly double the capacity, reports the New York Times. “This is not the Superdome,” he said, referring to the miserable conditions at that site during Hurricane Katrina. “At the convention center, we are sustaining food." (Read more Hurricane Harvey stories.)

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