‘All of Amer­ica griev­ing’ with vic­tims

Irish Examiner - - World News - Ken Thomas and Dar­lene Superville

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has set aside his fo­cus on talk­ing up Storm Har­vey re­cov­ery ef­forts to speak di­rectly to vic­tims, say­ing: “All of Amer­ica is griev­ing with you.”

His re­marks on the rav­ages of the storm came at the top of an ad­dress in Spring­field, Mis­souri, about the tax code.

The pres­i­dent sought to re­as­sure those who had lost loved ones and prop­erty. “We are here with you to­day, we are here with you to­mor­row, and we will be with you ev­ery sin­gle day after to re­store, re­cover and re­build.”

Ear­lier yes­ter­day, Mr Trump tweeted that on his Tues­day trip to Texas he had wit­nessed “first hand the hor­ror & dev­as­ta­tion” pro­duced by Har­vey. He wrote that after see­ing the wide­spread dam­age, “my heart goes out even more so to the great peo­ple of Texas!”

But Mr Trump saw lit­tle dam­age dur­ing his visit to Cor­pus Christi — mostly boarded-up win­dows, downed tree branches, and bro­ken fences. And that was through the tinted win­dows of his SUV as his mo­tor­cade took him from the air­port to a fire sta­tion in a city al­ready nearly back to nor­mal.

Still, con­tro­versy was never far away as the fo­cus shifted to what he and the First Lady was wear­ing.

For­mer model Me­la­nia was seen leav­ing for Texas wear­ing black stiletto heels, paired with black trousers and a khaki bomber jacket.

And while on­line crit­i­cism started out as light-hearted mock­ery, it be­came more heated after Mr Trump used the op­por­tu­nity to wear his own branded mer­chan­dise. He wore a white base­ball cap bear­ing the let­ters “USA”, while his wife wore one em­bla­zoned “FLOTUS”.

Trump’s hat is cur­rently on sale on his on­line store for $40 (€33).

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