President Trump announced, in a press conference, that they are coordinating federal government efforts to help Texas recover from catastrophic tropic storm Harvey.
In a press conference at the White House on Monday, President Trump acknowledged the destruction caused by Harvey and reassured all those affected by it. He also addressed the looming government shutdown, and vowed that it wouldn’t interfere with federal recovery efforts.
President Trump stated that the threat to shut down the government has “nothing to do” with the government’s response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. “This is separate and I think its going go really quickly,” Trump said. “I’ve spoken to many of the people we’re talking about and everyone feels the same way I do.”
“You will see very rapid action, certainly from the president, and you will get your funding,” Trump reassured flood victims.
President Trump also commended the volunteer armies that have come down to Texas to help, and Texans themselves for their selfless actions. “Tragic times bring out the best in Americans character, strength, charity, and resilience,” Trump said. “We see neighbors helping neighbors, friends helping friends and strangers helping strangers. You see that all over. You see it on television, such incredible work and love and teamwork. We are one American family. We hurt together. We struggle together. And believe me, we endure together. We are one family. To the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are 100% with you. We are praying for you.”
Vice President Pence has been active, coordinating FEMA’s recovery effort, and expediting supplies to affected areas of Texas and Louisiana.
During an interview with Houston’s KHOU radio station, Pence expressed confidence that the country has the resources necessary to recover for the losses caused by the hurricane. He stated, “We truly believe that we have the reserves to address the financial burden of this crisis,” Pence said. “But candidly… we’re very confident that the Congress of the United States is going to be there to provide the resources necessary.”
Having carefully monitored the situation, Pence noted, “We actually anticipate that as many as a half-a-million people in Texas will be eligible for and applying for financial disaster assistance, and we remain very confident that with the reserves and with the support in the Congress, we’ll have the resources that we need,” he added.