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While Visiting Disaster Zone, Trump Tells Hurricane Harvey Victims: ‘What A Crowd, What A Turnout!’

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While Visiting Disaster Zone, Trump Tells Hurricane Harvey Victims: ‘What A Crowd, What A Turnout!’




President Donald Trump praised the size of a Texas crowd while addressing a group of hard-hit Hurricane Harvey victims on Tuesday afternoon.

“Thank you everybody. I just want to say. We love you. You are special. We are here to take care, and it’s going well. And I want to thank you for coming out. We will get you back and operating immediately. Thank you everybody. What a crowd, what a turnout,” Trump said while standing on a fire truck before waving the Texas flag.

Several pool reporters estimated the crowd size at a “few hundred” Texans:

President Trump and First Lady Melania traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas on Tuesday to check in on Harvey relief efforts, despite concerns that their visit would disrupt ongoing emergency relief efforts.

Trump met with Texas Governor Greg Abbott and FEMA administrator Brock Long to receive a briefing on the powerful storm, which has unleashed catastrophic flooding in and around the Houston area.



Trump received widespread criticism on Monday after he defended his decision to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio as category 4 Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas because he “assumed the ratings would be far higher.”

“In the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally,” Trump said during a press conference with Finnish President Saudi Niinisto. “You know, the hurricane was just starting.”

Many condemned the president’s remarks on Twitter:




Trump’s fire truck remarks reminded some of the moment when President George W. Bush addressed a crowd after September 11 with a megaphone and a firefighter at his side.

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