Vice President speaks outside Rockport church devastated by Harvey

Vice President speaks outside Rockport church devastated by Harvey

"We will pray as one united people for the future of the state and the future of this country", Abbott said.

"It's a long way to go".

"Your governor and his team have done an incredible job for the people of Texas, and we commend you", Pence said.

Pence said the Trump administration was "with you and we will stay with you until Rockport and all of southeast Texas come back". "The challenges will be great but we know that the generosity and the prayers and the faith of the people of Texas and the American people will be greater still".

Pence wore work gloves and helped clear away tree limbs and debris. Residents of Rockport were among the first in the US hit by Harvey.

Pence's visit comes two days after President Trump visited Corpus Christi and Austin for briefings with local officials.

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Pence is traveling with the secretaries of labor, transportation, energy and veterans affairs along with the acting DHS secretary.

"I called the President on Air Force II this morning and I asked him what he wanted me to tell you, and he just said, 'Just tell them we love Texas'".

Pence is traveling to the tiny coastal town of Rockport, Texas, on Thursday to see the devastation caused by the hurricane-turned-tropical depression that set a rainfall record and severely flooded the Houston area.

The vice president is expected to meet with victims of the storm during a tour of the region, a trip that will be different than the president's initial visit, which focused on the federal government's coordination with state and local officials.

He plans to return to Texas on Saturday and could also make a stop in Louisiana, which is now being lashed by Harvey's remnants.

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