President Donald Trump called Hurricane Harvey a storm of “epic proportions” and said he hopes his administration’s response to the disaster will be regarded as a model.
“We want to be looked at five years, ten years from now, as this is the way to do it,” Trump said as he and his wife Melania received a briefing on the storm response at a fire station in Corpus Christi, Texas.
After visiting with local officials and volunteers in Corpus Christi, Trump is scheduled to fly to Austin for meetings with state officials. Republican Governor Greg Abbott, a Trump ally, greeted the president upon his arrival in Texas.
The trip will “lay the foundation for what we know is going to be a long recovery effort,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters traveling with the president on Air Force One. Abbott said at the briefing that the Trump administration’s response so far to the storm has been “very effective.”