Trump Will Not Visit Hardest Hit Areas In Texas

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will arrive in Texas on Aug. 29, but will not visit the areas Hurricane Harvey hit the hardest.

"They will not visit the hardest hit areas," CNN host John Berman explained, reports RawStory. "But they will go down there and talk to people who have responded so far helping coordinate that effort."

This means the president will not visit areas like Houston, which Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says "is the most, still danger-prone area."

"Instead, [he will be] closer to where the hurricane came across shore, which is closer to the Corpus Christi or San Antonio area," Abbott told Fox News, NBC News reports.

In the past, presidents have surveyed areas hit by natural disasters from the air.

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President George W. Bush looked on at Hurricane Katrina-ravaged New Orleans from Air Force One, while President Barack Obama surveyed New Jersey and parts of New York from the air after Hurricane Sandy.

It is not clear if Trump plans to do the same.

To many, how Trump handles this first major natural disaster of his presidency will shape public perception of him for a long time to come.

Some are already critical of Trump's response.

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A few are skeptical of the reasons for Trump's Texas visit.

"And how many millions of wasted tax payer dollars will be squandered for these two to have a photo op?" wondered one person in RawStory's comment section. "I sure hope that a crowd shows up to shout SHAME so loud it damages their hearing."

A few criticized Trump's decision not to visit the hardest hit areas.

"'Hardest hit areas' generally refer to areas that economically disadvantaged and have a higher population or minorities," wrote another RawStory reader. "Dear Leader will certainly want to avoid those areas."

Others think Trump will deal with Hurricane Harvey's aftermath well.

"This is right up President Trump’s alley," said Trump’s homeland security adviser, Thomas P. Bossert, The New York Times reports. "His questions weren’t about geopolitical issues or about large political consequences. His questions were about, 'Are you doing what it takes to help the people who are going to be affected by this storm?'"

Even former FEMA Director James Lee Witt, who served under President Bill Clinton, expressed confidence in Trump.

"Today, Trump can and must be the voice of calm leading recovery efforts," he wrote in an opinion piece for USA Today. "But to fully embrace his role, tomorrow Trump must also lead our nation in preparing for the new challenges brought by climate change."

Sources: CNN via Raw Story/YouTube, Raw Story, NBC News, The New York Times, USA Today / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Texas National Guard/Wikimedia CommonsNASA, NNVT/Wikimedia Commons

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