President Trump on Saturday is in Texas for his second visit since Hurricane Harvey hit, this time to meet with victims of the deadly storm.
The president and first lady Melania Trump departed from the White House Saturday morning to travel to both Texas and Louisiana, as communities there grapple with the fallout from thousands of flooded homes and at least 40 deaths.
The president and his wife, but didn’t meet with victims of the devastation, prompting some to criticize the president. Mr. Trump gave an off-the-cuff speech to some supporters at a firehouse in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he exclaimed, “What a crowd, what a turnout.”
Vice President Mike Penceearlier this week, clearing branches from a battered church in Corpus Christi.
The White House on Fridayfor an an initial Harvey relief package for things like housing assistance and home repairs. The White House said at least 100,000 homes were affected by flooding, many of them without insurance.
The White House announced the president willtowards relief efforts. The president has not yet selected a charity for making the contribution.
Watch the video of the visit, all day, at the top of this article.
Follow along with live updates below throughout the day. All times are Eastern unless otherwise noted.
3:55 p.m.: Trump thanks Coast Guard, Army, meets Texas delegation
Back at the airport, the president took time to speak with military personnel, shaking hands and exchanging smiles.
He also met with members of the Texas congressional delegation, including Democratic Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green. Green has called for Mr. Trump’s impeachment, and Jackson Lee has all but called for his impeachment.
But his focus was on the Coast Guard and Army personnel present.
“I hear the Coast Guard saved 11,000 people,” the president said, adding the Coast Guard went into winds the media wouldn’t dare go into, unless it was for a really good story.
Next, he heads to Louisiana.
3:22 p.m.: Trump stops in Texas neighborhood to talk to residents
The president’s motorcade made a stop in a Houston area neighborhood, where Mr. Trump asked residents how bad the flooding had been there. The streets are now clear and dry, but residents said they were flooded quite recently.
One man said they were waiting for an ark to come down from the sky.