President Donald Trump will visit Texas on Aug. 29 to survey damage done by Hurricane Harvey.
The president returned to the White House on Aug. 27 with first lady Melania Trump and their 11-year-old son Barron, the Daily Mail reported. They were accompanied by first daughter Ivanka Trump, her husband and senior presidential adviser, Jared Kushner, and their three children.
Mr. Trump was at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland while Hurricane Harvey swept through Texas. The president posted several tweets about the storm, which has been classified as a Category 4 hurricane.
"Great coordination between agencies at all levels of government. Continuing rains and flash floods are being dealt with. Thousands rescued," Trump tweeted on Aug. 27. "Many people are now saying that this is the worst storm/hurricane they have ever seen. Good news is that we have great talent on the ground."
"I will be going to Texas as soon as that trip can be made without causing disruption," the president continued. "The focus must be life and safety."
Mr. Trump also took a moment to talk about other subjects such as NAFTA, his victory in the state of Missouri in 2016, Mexico, and the border wall. He also plugged David A. Clarke Jr.'s new book.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders confirmed that Trump will travel to Texas on Aug. 29 to observe the damage done by Hurricane Harvey.
"We are coordinating logistics with state and local officials, and once details are finalized, we will let you know," Sanders responded when asked about the details of the trip. "We continue to keep all of those affected in our thoughts and prayers."
During a video conference with his Cabinet, Trump also "reminded everyone that search and rescue efforts will transition to mass care, restoring power, providing life-sustaining necessities for the population that sheltered in place, and economic recovery," according to a White House statement.
Hurricane Harvey is the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years. The storm has killed at least two people, and the death toll is expected to rise.
"This disaster is going to be a landmark event," Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long told CNN. "We're setting up and gearing up for the next couple of years."
The president echoed those statements in a later social media entry.
"HISTORIC rainfall in Houston, and all over Texas," Trump tweeted. "Floods are unprecedented, and more rain coming. Spirit of the people is incredible. Thanks!"