3 September 2017
By Chidiebere Ejike
U.S. President, Donald Trump on Saturday, September 2, visited the victims of Hurricane Harvey a second time since August 25, when the skies appeared to empty on Texas.
Trump, along with wife, Melania were received warmly with many smiles before they advanced to meet with flood survivors and volunteers in Houston. They also took part in food distribution at a shelter, handing out packed lunches to the victims. The President and his wife thereafter posed for photographs with victims.
Trump applauded the relief effort provided to help the victims of the disaster. He praised the relationship among the different officials handling the crisis. “Things are working out well,” he said of the efforts, as he and the First Lady met victims and volunteers.
During a tour of one of the shelters, Trump said, “Really, 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.” He added, “There’s a lot of love.”
Trump’s first visited Texas after the crisis on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 but stayed clear of the disaster zone saying he did not want to hamper rescue effort.
The President was immediately criticized for this, with people saying he was focusing largely on the logistics of the government response rather than meeting with victims of the disaster during his first visit to the flood ravaged state.
Some commentators have since jumped to the defence of the President, faulty those who will always attack Trump on any issue.
Rights groups have called for joint effort to help the victims instead of any sort of politically-minded attacks.
Trump’s visit on Saturday was very warm and compassionate, as he reassured the victims of the worst storm to hit the U.S. in at least 50 years. He shared hugs and shook hands with victims and volunteers.
“TEXAS: We are with you today, we are with you tomorrow, and we will
be with you every single day after, to restore, recover and rebuild,” Trump enthused just after landing in Texas on Saturday.
The President first arrived at NRG Centre, a convention complex
converted into a center to assist storm evacuees before he visited makeshift kid zones set up with toys and activities for the many displaced children.
Meanwhile, some residents have been allowed to return to their homes to assess the extent of the damage caused by the flood.
Hurricane Harvey triggered severe flooding in Texas on Friday, August 25, displacing more than 1 million people, damaging homes and property, knocking out power, and causing severe potable water shortages.