Trump: Hands-on with hurricane recovery

Trump: Hands-on with hurricane recovery

President Trump on Sunday afternoon held a second Cabinet meeting on Hurricane Harvey to shore up response and recovery efforts, according to the White House.

Trump along with Vice President Pence led a video teleconference with Cabinet and senior administration officials “to discuss ongoing federal support for Hurricane Harvey response and recovery,” the White House press office said in a statement.

Trump will also visit affected areas in Texas on Tuesday, according to the White House.


The storm has hammered Texas since Friday, when it first made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane. The federal government has 5,000 people on site in Texas and Louisiana, where the storm continues to bring torrential rain and flooding.

Trump, who spent Sunday morning praising the federal government’s response to Harvey in a series of tweets, “continued to stress his expectation that all departments and agencies stay fully committed to supporting the Governors of Texas and Louisiana and his number one priority of saving lives,” the statement reads.

Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceOfficers' powerful Capitol riot testimony underscores Pelosi's partisan blunder RealClearPolitics reporter says Freedom Caucus shows how much GOP changed under Trump Want to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement MORE in a tweet on Sunday emphasized the White House statement that Trump’s top priority is saving lives.

.@POTUS stressed all depts & agencies stay committed to supporting Govs of Texas & Louisiana & his number one priority of saving lives,” Pence wrote on Twitter, including a readout of the teleconference the two held earlier.

The statement adds that Trump “reminded everyone that search and rescue efforts will transition to mass care, restoring power, providing life-sustaining necessities for the population that sheltered in place, and economic recovery.”

He also “urged survivors impacted by the storm to continue to heed the instructions of their State and local officials.”

At least five deaths from the storm have been reported. The director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said recovery efforts would take years.

This is "probably the worst disaster the state’s seen,” Brock Long told The Washington Post of Texas.

-This report was updated at 4:20 p.m.