President Donald Trump passed one of the greatest tests for any commander in chief – dealing with the devastating effects of a natural disaster, with grace, compassion, hope, and love.
Trump and his wife Melania spent time meeting with Hurricane Harvey victims at the Houston NRG hurricane relief center on Saturday before serving meals with the Red Cross.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 2, 2017
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) September 2, 2017
Footage from CNN showed Trump hugging a girl who ran up to him.
— CNN (@CNN) September 2, 2017
Radio host Mark Simone commented that this photo is one that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow “would never show you.”
President Trump In Texas – Pictures Rachel Maddow Will Never Show You: pic.twitter.com/eMrOAIAaUe
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) September 2, 2017
ABC reporter Elex Michaelson reported that on meeting Trump, evacuees of the disaster “changed their opinion of him,” finding him “kind” and “reassuring.”
Evacuees who snapped this selfie w @realDonaldTrump says the encounter changed their opinion of him.
Found him to be kind, reassuring. pic.twitter.com/IYTHH7Nshi
— Elex Michaelson (@abc7elex) September 2, 2017
Many Americans lavished praise on Trump’s handling of the crisis.
— M A Nöthem (@mikandynothem) September 3, 2017
— DONNA WARREN 🇺🇸 (@DonnaWR8) September 2, 2017
Trump in Houston today is just what the people of Texas needed. He gives them hope. Retweet if you are proud that he is our president!
— RD (@real_defender) September 2, 2017
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence also joined in the effort, while pledging to ensure the “city, state & region [will] rebuild bigger & better than ever before.”
The U.S people will stand w/ you every day until this city, state & region rebuild bigger & better than ever before. https://t.co/mxtQi8uMlf
— Vice President Pence (@VP) August 31, 2017
— POLITICO (@politico) September 2, 2017
“As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing. I think even for the country to watch and for the world to watch,” Trump told the cameras.
Together, we will prevail in the GREAT state of Texas. We love you!
GOD BLESS TEXAS & GOD BLESS THE USA🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/1rzmEenQIb
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2017
He also confirmed that more money would be poured into the relief effort.
“We’re signing a lot of documents now to get money into Houston, $7.9 billion. We signed it and now it’s going through a very quick, hopefully, quick process,” said Trump.
On Thursday, the White House announced that Trump would donate million dollars of personal funds to victims of Hurricane Harvey.