President Trump visits Texas for second time following Hurricane Harvey

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that President Trump will be donating $1 million of his own money to Harvey relief in Texas and Louisiana

"It's been really nice", according to the pool report. "I think even for the country to watch it and for the world to watch".

On Tuesday, President Trump visited Corpus Christi and Austin, Texas, but opted to spend time with state and local officials rather than meeting hurricane survivors or touring the damage firsthand.

Meadows said linking the two measures "puts everybody in a very hard situation" and would not be practical.

He told volunteers handing out food and hygiene products: "I don't know if it gets better, but we're going to try to make it better".

Saturday's stops offered Trump another opportunity to serve as the nation's "comforter in chief" following the tragedy, his first major crisis while in office.

The next day, during a visit to Missouri to call on Congress to pass sweeping tax cuts, Trump spoke directly about the people affected by the storm, and has been making a point to humanize his remarks in the days since. "He'd love some suggestions from here and I'd be happy to take those if any of you have them".

National Guard troops at the center shouted to Trump, "we're proud of you" and "you're doing a fantastic job". "We will see you soon".

Fires broke out over two days at a chemical plant near Houston that was flooded by Harvey, and authorities said they expect more fires. "Today it's all swept up and cleaned up".

Trump will head to Louisiana later Saturday.

The administration on Friday asked Congress for $7.85 billion in disaster relief funding as part of an initial request for funds.

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Bad approval ratings don't phase the White House as spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that they are "silly".

Congress will convene next week to consider an emergency aid package for Harvey's victims. It would add $7.4 billion to Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster aid coffers and $450 million to finance disaster loans for small businesses. Otherwise, Mulvaney said, the White House might not be able to spend the money because the government is running out of cash.

But the request is essentially just a down payment on a tab that will very likely be billions more.

If the debt ceiling isn't raiased soon, the USA government will only have enough cash to continue funding its operations through September 29, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has told lawmakers.

Trump appears to have internalized much of that criticism, tweeting the morning after his visit that his "heart goes out even more so to the great people of Texas!"

But, as is often the case in Washington, a funding fight may be inevitable. If it doesn't approve a spending plan by the end of the month, the government will shut down. But now, as the waters begin to recede, residents of all colors and socio-economic statuses find themselves united in loss, despair and resilience. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Sen.

Meanwhile, memorial and funeral services have already begun for some of Harvey's known 42 victims.

Meanwhile, officials in Beaumont, Texas, population nearly 120,000, worked to fix their water treatment plan t, which failed after the swollen Neches River inundated the main intake system and backup pumps failed.

Mr Abbott warned that in some parts of the state, rivers were still rising and flooding "poses an ongoing threat".

Emergency workers scouted the area Friday to learn how many people had not left their flooded homes. "It's a mess and it stinks". They said no specific dollar figures or timing were discussed.

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