Hurricane Harvey is President Trump’s first major natural disaster and the way he handles it has the power to define his early presidency. Unfortunately for Trump, his response could be better. While the federal government is offering aid to the people of Texas, a president’s role in such crises is more complex than that. People expect to see the president visiting the area, talking to people on the ground, and generally providing leadership. Trump has wished the people of Texas “good luck” and sent out a few tweets, but, in one of those praising the spirit of the people of Texas, he said “thanks,” as if he were somehow responsible. He may have simply been thanking the people of Texas, but with Trump, it is hard to tell.
‘HISTORIC rainfall in Houston, and all over Texas. Floods are unprecedented, and more rain coming. Spirit of the people is incredible.Thanks!’
That being said, CNN has reported that Trump will visit Texas, but Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will not visit the areas that were hit the hardest by the hurricane.
“They will not visit the hardest hit areas,” CNN host John Berman said. “But they will go down there and talk to people who have responded so far helping coordinate that effort.”
Despite the heavy criticism he received for mismanaging Hurricane Katrina, George W. Bush did fly over New Orleans a few days after the hurricane hit and then chose to go down and talk to the people on the ground. President Obama, who was harshly critical of Bush’s response to Katrina, visited Louisiana in a show of support for the victims of Hurricane Issac.
“The place he will be going to will not be Houston, so [he] will not be getting into harm’s way,” Abbott told CBS. “He most likely will be going closer to where the hurricane hit land.”
In light of that, Trump’s decision here may not be a bad one, but perhaps he should apologize to President Obama for attacking him over a similar decision he made regarding the flooding in Louisiana.
‘President Obama should have gone to Louisiana days ago, instead of golfing. Too little, too late!’
For more information, CNN’s report on this issue can be seen below.
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