Donald Trump says he is “closely monitoring” the approach of a Category 3 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.
Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit the coasts of Texas and Louisiana later on Friday. Trump said he has spoken to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and is ready to provide federal assistance “as needed.” Both states declared a state of emergency earlier in the week.
“I have spoken w/ @GovAbbott of Texas and @LouisianaGov Edwards. Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey developments & here to assist as needed,” Trump wrote shortly before noon.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2017
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced during Friday’s press briefing that Trump would be traveling to Texas next week, following the hurricane.
As Donald Trump left the White House for Camp David this afternoon, when reporters asked him what he would say to those in Hurricane Harvey’s path, Trump said, “good luck to everybody.”
President Trump told me "good luck to everybody" when I asked what message he had for the people of Texas pic.twitter.com/8c1e4aoFBQ
— Trey Yingst (@TreyYingst) August 25, 2017
Sanders: Trump has been very outspoken in his condemnation of racism but "there's always more that we can do" https://t.co/llZX7JXyqd
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 25, 2017