President Donald Trump made his second trip to Texas Saturday, this time visiting hard-hit Houston to hug children at a relief distribution center, pass out hot dog and potato chip lunches, and continue his praise of ongoing recovery efforts on the ground.
The Trumps later handed out hot dogs in white boxes bearing the Red Cross logo, pausing frequently to greet and take selfies with enthusiastic aid recipients. Those still housed in city evacuation centers had dwindled to 1,400, he said Sunday, from a high of 10,000. "It's been very nice". It's - as tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing. Like the other packages, this one included a circled hand [in a photograph] and the words, also written in gold Sharpie: "See, not so short!" Oh, yeah, yeah, there's a lot of water, but it's leaving pretty quickly.
"The president and I believe the [debt ceiling] should be tied to the Harvey funding", Mnuchin told Fox News. "So we haven't even spent a single cent yet and we're already going out and making a big impact".
The state opened a seventh shelter on Friday in Shreveport for up to 2,400 people, said Shauna Sanford, a spokeswoman for Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards. "You have a lot of hard-working people". "America is with you!" Speaking to a crowd of victims, politicians and the media, Trump sent salutations to Gov. Greg Abbott and called the days of relief incredible. Ted Cruz and four Cabinet secretaries joined the president on stage.
Mr Trump was criticised during his trip to Texas on Tuesday for wearing a baseball cap which is on sale on his own website.
McConnell said the storm caused "horrific devastation" to Texas and the Gulf Coast. Also, they didn't mention or visit the victims of the flooding because they wanted to focus on the logistics of the government response, resulting in a bunch of critique within the public referring to the lack of empathy and compassion. The president promised that almost $7.9 billion in federal aid will be approved quickly for the devastated Gulf coast.
The request would only be a down payment on the total costs to rebuild waterlogged Houston and the surrounding area.
Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), told CBS that Harvey should be a lesson to state officials that they needed to set aside reserve funds for their own emergency management departments.