El Bolillo's late shift bakers found Houston's streets impassable during the hurricane, but since the power was still on, they got to work turning two tons of flour into pan dulce for the two days they were stuck inside. Read the rest
Yesterday morning, Trump tweeted, "After witnessing first hand the horror & devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, my heart goes out even more so to the great people of Texas!"
It's a nice sentiment, but unfortunately it doesn't appear to be true. It seems Trump was nowhere near enough to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey to actually witness it, but instead was safe and sound – and dry.
According to a tweet by journalist Andrew Beatty, writing for Agence France-Presse, "I traveled with the President yesterday. Personally, I would not claim to have seen Harvey's horror and devastation first hand."
And from John J. Gillman: "Our reporting does not match claim that @POTUS witnessed any horror or devastation first hand."
And from the press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, via The Washington Post:
He met with a number of state and local officials who are eating, sleeping, breathing the Harvey disaster. He talked extensively with the governor, who certainly is right in the midst of every bit of this, as well as the mayors from several of the local towns that were hit hardest. And detailed briefing information throughout the day yesterday talking to a lot of the people on the ground. That certainly is a firsthand account.
Uh, sorry, but that's not a firsthand account. A firsthand account would be wading through the flooded streets (or at least seeing them with your own eyes), talking to victims, maybe jumping on a rescue boat and helping out some stranded folks. But talking to some officials about it while insulated from the disaster is not firsthand, it's a secondhand account. Read the rest
In his usual crass fashion, rather than focusing on the catastrophic hurricane that was hitting Houston, Trump spent his presidential energy on Sunday tweeting about how Mexico is going to pay for the wall. "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."
And how did Mexico respond? "The Mexican government takes this opportunity to express its full solidarity with the people and government of the United States as a result of the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and expresses that it has offered to provide help and cooperation to the US government in order to deal with the impact of this natural disaster — as good neighbors should always do in trying times."
This puts Trump in an awkward spot.
"If he were to accept aid, he could be accused of hypocrisy over his stance on Mexico. But should he refuse, he could be seen as acting callously while Texans suffer," according to The Independent.
At least some Harvey victims are frustrated with Trump's Sunday tweeting. According to the Huffington Post:
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Kyle Souder, a 22-year-old student at the University of Houston whose car was flooded, said he was frustrated with the president for tweeting about the border wall as the hurricane spread through Texas. “Mexico sent their own people to help during Katrina and you want to tweet this Shit right now?” Souder tweeted at Trump on Sunday.
“I feel like we do need foreign aid,” Souder told HuffPost on Monday.
Enjoy this Fox News anchor ask a rain-soaked evacuee an excruciatingly long and rambling question concerning the logistics of flood plain management. Read the rest