Trump is headed to Texas to meet with families affected by Hurricane Harvey
During his second visit, Trump is expected to stop in Houston and Lake Charles, Louisiana, to survey the damage, talk with residents and meet with volunteers.
On Tuesday, Trump visited Corpus Christi and Austin, Texas, but stayed away from the epicenter of the damage in Houston to avoid interfering with ongoing search and rescue operations. Trump was sharply criticized as for not meeting with those displaced by the devastating flooding.
“There was a lot of high-fiving about how well this disaster was being handled even as people were on their rooftops hoping to be rescued,” said David Axelrod, a top adviser to President Barack Obama. “People need to know that their president is emotionally engaged in their struggle and part of the obligation or the responsibility of a president, particularly in a media age, is to make that human connection.”
Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Texas Thursday and his visit stood in sharp contrast to the president’s. He visited a damaged church, helped clear away storm debris and comforted storm victims.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, emphasized that Trump’s visit on Saturday will focus more on meeting with victims.
“He’ll have the chance to meet extensively with quite a few storm survivors, as well as talk with some of the volunteers that are helping administer a lot of the support that these individuals have needed over the last week,” Sanders said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.