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Trump Praises Self, Promotes Book On Twitter As Catastrophic Houston Flooding Forces Thousands To Flee Homes

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Trump Praises Self, Promotes Book On Twitter As Catastrophic Houston Flooding Forces Thousands To Flee Homes





As Coast Guard helicopters plucked thousands of desperate flood victims from rooftops in Houston Sunday morning as torrential rain from deadly Hurricane Harvey caused “catastrophic flooding” in the city and across southeast Texas, President Trump was busy promoting Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke’s book on Twitter while also taking a moment to attack Mexico for “being one of the highest crime Nations in the world” and renewing his call to build a taxpayer funded border wall.

“This is a life-threatening situation,” said Michael Palmer, lead meteorologist at the Weather Channel.

Trump tweeted his praise for “a great book by a great guy” and then provided a link from Clarke to buy “Cop Under Fire.”

“With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through reimbursement/other,” Trump tweeted.

The remnants of Hurricane Harvey unleashed catastrophic flooding in the Houston metropolitan area and was only expected to get worse in the coming days, the National Weather Service said.



Parts of Harris County, Texas, had been hit with more than 20 inches of rain in 24 hours, much of it accumulating in the middle of the night.

The storm had claimed at least two lives by early Sunday, but it was too soon to know the full extent of the death and destruction as power and cellphone outages made communications difficult.

“Catastrophic and life-threatening flooding is occurring in southeastern Texas, and flash flood emergencies are in effect for portions of this area,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.

This is “worse than the worst-case scenario for Houston,” tweeted WeatherBell meteorologist Ryan Maue.

Trump also took a moment to attack NAFTA as the “worst trade deal ever made.”

The president also called attention to his “wonderful coordination between Federal, State and Local Governments in the Great State of Texas” as the catastrophic flooding event was still unfolding.

At one point he tweeted his intention to travel to Texas “as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption.” Minutes later, he also tweeted: “I will also be going to a wonderful state, Missouri, that I won by a lot in ’16. Dem C.M. is opposed to big tax cuts. Republican will win S!”

“As we keep everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey in our thoughts, here’s how you can help,” Hillary Clinton tweeted on Sunday, sharing a link to an article with links to the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and other relief organizations.

Here’s a look at just how dire the situation in Houston is right now:




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