Mike Pence Stops By To Help Hurricane Victims

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Vice President Mike Pence stopped by southern Texas, on Aug. 31 to visit those affected by Hurricane Harvey and let everyone know that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will be back to the area on Sept. 2.

"President Trump sent us here to say we are with you, the American people are with you," Pence told a small crowd of community members and officials in Rockport, Texas, reports CBS News. "You've inspired the nation by your resilience and your courage."

Pence arrived with his wife, Karen Pence, and a few Cabinet members, including Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who is a former governor of Texas.

"President Trump sent us here to ensure that the full resources of the national government are being brought to bear in a consistent way," Pence said, according to the Daily Mail.

While in Rockport, The Pences put on workers' gloves and spent some time helping clear away debris, and the vice president's wife led a group in prayer, notes CBS News.

"I ... want to pay a debt of gratitude to all of those that have stepped forward and shown their work in this dark hour," said the vice president, according to the Daily Mail.

The vice president said he spoke to Trump on his way over, and CNN notes that the president had a message for him to share: "We love Texas."

Pence's visit was much more hands-on than Trump's. The president, who received some criticism for not engaging with any of those affected by the flooding when he stopped by the area, will reportedly spend more time doing just that in Texas and Louisiana on his next visit, according to the Daily Mail.

"The citizens of Texas and the Gulf Coast need all the prayers, support and resources our communities have to offer," Trump said in an Aug. 30 speech. "Recovery will be tough, but I have seen the resilience of the American spirit first-hand all over this country. To the people of Houston and across Texas and Louisiana, we are here with you today. We are with you tomorrow. And we will be with you every single day after to restore, recover and rebuild."

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The president also offered "thought and prayers" to the "great, great people all affected by this tragedy."

"To those affected by this storm, we are praying for you and we are here with you every single step of the way," he added. "And I can speak, I know, for the people in this room. Every step of the way. To those Americans who have lost loved ones, all of America is grieving with you and our hearts are joined with yours forever."

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN, CBS News / Featured Image: The White House / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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