President Trump mounted the front bumper of a fire truck in Corpus Christi, Texas on Tuesday, waving a Texas flag and telling the gathered crowd, “We love you. You are special. We are here to take care of you.”
Trump came to Texas to survey the damage from Hurricane Harvey and rally communities still trying to escape flood waters caused by more than three feet of rain on the Texas coast before weakening to a tropical storm on its way to Louisiana. Trump said he may return to Texas and Louisiana over the weekend.
The storm has created the most severe natural disaster of Trump’s presidency, with more than 1.7 million people under evacuation orders and search and rescue operations still underway in and around Houston.
“It’s historic, its epic, but I will tell you it happened in Texas and Texas can handle anything,” Trump told hundreds of cheering supporters outside a firehouse where he had just received a briefing from federal agencies responding to the disaster.