Scarborough on Trump Texas trip: Showing up 'does make a difference'

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on Wednesday offered rare praise to President Trump, saying showing up in Texas during Tropical Storm Harvey "does make a difference."

Scarborough, a former Republican lawmaker from Florida, said when former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWith Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker When Barbara Bush praised Bill Clinton, and Clinton praised the man she loved Meet the Democratic sleeper candidate gunning for Senate in Nebraska MORE visited his district in the wake of a natural disaster, even his fiercest critics were happy to see him.

"In my district when Bill Clinton came down, my district most of the people loathed Bill Clinton but, boy, they loved it when he stepped off the plane and got there to say I'm here to help," the "Morning Joe" co-host said, adding that former President George W. Bush didn't show up fast enough after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005.

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"It made a difference to people when the president of the United States comes to your area that's been hammered by a hurricane," he added.

Trump visited Corpus Christi on Tuesday in a sign of support for the Texans battling against a deluge of rain and deadly flooding from the storm, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane last Friday.

Trump will return to Texas on Saturday to visit the other parts of the state that are still reeling in the wake of Harvey, the White House confirmed on Tuesday.

Trump also claimed during a meeting with Texas officials that the damage and destruction brought by Harvey will be the most "expensive" natural disaster in the country's history.

Scarborough has been a regular critic of Trump since the president took office in January, including saying Tuesday that he thought Trump "never thought he was going to win the presidency" and that his campaign "was all a money-making scam."

As the most significant natural disaster to hit the country since Trump took office, Harvey has been seen as one of the president's first big tests as commander in chief.