Trump praises crowd size while touring Harvey damage

President Trump praised the size of a crowd gathered Tuesday to see him as he visits Corpus Christi, Texas, in the aftermath Tropical Storm Harvey.

"What a crowd, what a turnout," Trump said to a crowd of several hundred people surrounding a fire station, according to a White House pool report.

The president reportedly spoke from a ladder between two fire trucks.

"Thank you," Trump said to cheers.

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"We love you, you are special, we are here to take care of you," Trump said. "It's going well."

Trump and first lady Melania Trump are visiting parts of Texas affected by the storm, which began as a Category 4 hurricane. 

In his speech to the crowd, Trump thanked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and the state's senators, Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHillicon Valley: Facebook employees speak up against content decisions | Trump's social media executive order on weak legal ground | Order divides conservatives Ted Cruz criticizes Justin Timberlake tweet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US MORE (R) and John CornynJohn CornynRosenstein steps back into GOP crosshairs GOP senators urge Trump not to restrict guest worker visas Castro, Warren, Harris to speak at Texas Democratic virtual convention MORE (R).

"This has been a total collaborative effort," Trump said. 

"It's historic, it's epic, but I tell you it happened in Texas, and Texas can handle anything."

Trump received cheers from some in the crowd as he concluded his speech by holding up the Texas flag, but some in the crowd carried banners criticizing Trump.

"Liar, cheat, racist," one banner read. Another bashed him for his recent pardon of former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying, "You pardoned Joe, what about Jose?" — a reference to the president's hardline stance on immigration .