Trump to Harvey victims: ‘All of America’ grieving with you
President Donald Trump set aside his focus on talking up Harvey recovery efforts to speak directly to the suffering of victims, saying “all of America is grieving with you.”
Trump’s remarks on the storm’s ravages led an address Wednesday in Springfield, Missouri. 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,” he said.
Trump also tweeted Wednesday that on his Tuesday trip to Texas he had witnessed “first hand the horror & devastation” wrought by Harvey.
Trump deliberately kept his distance from the epicenter of the damage in Houston to avoid disrupting recovery operations. He plans to return to the region Saturday to survey the damage and meet with victims, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.