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Trump holds Camp David Cabinet meeting on Harvey

Trump holds Camp David Cabinet meeting on Harvey
© Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

President Trump and Vice President Pence met with Cabinet and senior administration officials at Camp David on Saturday to discuss the federal government's response to Hurricane Harvey, which devastated several cities on the Texas coast on Friday. 

Trump instructed the departments and agencies present to prioritize saving lives in the aftermath of the category four storm, according to a White House press release, as heavy rains and flooding will continue as the storm passes over the region. 

The president also instructed the officials to be ready to assist Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) in their states' recovery efforts. Both states declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, which made landfall Friday night. 

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President Trump signed a disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey, allowing for federal disaster relief funds to aid the two states. On Saturday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom PriceThomas (Tom) Edmunds PriceA proposal to tackle congressional inside trading: Invest in the US Biden health nominee faces first Senate test Focus on cabinet nominees' effectiveness and expertise, not just ideology MORE declared a public health emergency for the storm, encouraging health providers to extend emergency services to those affected by the hurricane. 

The hurricane made landfall late Friday, but was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon. 

One person has been confirmed dead in the town of Rockport, Texas as a result of the storm.