The strongest storm to hit Texas in decades has forced thousands of people into shelters and is incurring what some disaster experts project will total tens of billions’ worth of damage. Though Harvey is no longer classified as a hurricane, the National Weather Service is calling its aftermath “unprecedented” and “beyond anything experienced.”
As the Texas Gulf Coast reels from the damage and flooding from Hurricane Harvey, President Donald Trump returned the the state on Saturday to meet with families whose lives have been upended and volunteers assisting with the rescue and recovery efforts.
After arriving in Houston early on Saturday afternoon, Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited with those displaced by the storm at the city’s NRG Stadium, which is serving as a relief center. Donald Trump will be donating $1 million to support the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas, the president’s press secretary announced Thursday. The funds would come from the president’s “personal money,”
In meantime Michelle Obama just a few days after dropping her daughter Malia off at Harvard, the former first lady was spotted stepping onto a luxury yacht in Mallorca. Her husband, former President Barack Obama, does not appear to have accompanied her on the international trip. Michelle was seen aboard the yacht later in the evening on Friday, enjoying time with a group of friends. Both she and her husband will have a Secret Service detail for the rest of their lives, Barack having restored lifetime protection for former presidents in 2013.
However Trump sent to Congress Friday night letter , formally requesting $7.85 billion for Harvey response efforts, saying he was hopeful that the funds will be approved quickly. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office says the House will vote on Harvey funding next week.