Trump vows fast re­sponse if emer­gency funds needed

Austin American-Statesman - - NATION/WORLD -

Gear­ing up for the heart of hur­ri­cane sea­son, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said Fri­day that states can count on his ad­min­is­tra­tion to dis­pense U.S. emer­gency funds ef­fi­ciently.

“We do it quickly. We do it ef­fec­tively,” Trump said at the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency, where he and mem­bers of his Cab­i­net re­ceived a brief­ing on the sum­mer’s hur­ri­cane sea­son, which be­gan June 1.

“We are very strong with re­spect to FEMA,” he said. “FEMA is some­thing I’ve been very much in­volved in al­ready.”

The pres­i­dent spoke a few hours be­fore em­bark­ing on his own sum­mer va­ca­tion at his golf club in Bed­min­ster, N.J.

Dur­ing his stop at FEMA head­quar­ters, Trump got a tour of the com­mand cen­ter, the hub where the agency co­or­di­nates its re­sponse dur­ing emer­gen­cies.

Fed­eral of­fi­cials pre­dicted in May that the U.S. could face 11 to 17 named storms, in­clud­ing five to nine hur­ri­canes.

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