Obama thanks first responders in Hurricane Harvey
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Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaLive coverage: Gillum clashes with DeSantis in Florida debate Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa Republicans bail on Coffman to invest in Miami seat MORE on Sunday thanked first responders and local officials helping in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, saying: "That's what we do as Americans."

“Thank you to all the first responders and people helping each other out. That's what we do as Americans. Here's one way you can help now,” Obama tweeted, linking to an American Red Cross tweet soliciting donations. 

Obama’s tweet comes as southeast Texas is rocked by Harvey, now downgraded to a tropical storm. Federal and local officials have declared a state of emergency over the storm, which hit Texas' Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane.


President Trump signed a Presidential Disaster Declaration to help with recovery efforts.

Trump has tweeted several times about the storm, praising local officials for their coordination to the storm. He will visit Texas on Tuesday.