Sanders: Probably too soon for Trump to visit Houston

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBoycott sham impeachment Sunday shows - Biden agenda, Trump impeachment trial dominate Sanders: Senate may use budget reconciliation to pass Biden agenda MORE (I-Vt.) said Tuesday that it may be “too soon” for President Trump to visit Houston, where flood waters are rising after Hurricane Harvey hit the city.

"Too soon for the president to be there? Probably, it is," Sanders said on CBS's "This Morning." "Let's not get into that. The focus right now has got to be on doing everything we can to address the terrible, terrible pain that is taking place in that city."

Trump left Washington Tuesday morning for a trip to southern Texas, where he will visit the Corpus Christi area — one of the regions hardest hit by the hurricane. The president will also pay a visit to Austin, the state's capital. 


Houston, however, is still being battered by the storm and water levels are rising, with many neighborhoods already flooded.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the city's George R. Brown Convention Center has already taken in 9,200 people — nearly twice its anticipated capacity of 5,000.

Houston authorities did not issue evacuation orders, leaving many trapped in their homes and others seeking refuge in shelters from the rising waters.

Six people have been found dead so far in Harris County, where Houston is located, and the death toll is expected to rise as rescue efforts continue.