Saturday, 2 September 2017

President Trump meets victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas: 'There's a lot of love' and "a lot of happiness"

Donald Trump has returned to Texas to meet volunteers and victims of Storm Harvey, which brought record rainfall and catastrophic flooding to one of America's largest cities.

The President touched down in Air Force One with First Lady Melania Trump to see the devastation wrought by the tropical storm.

He visited Houston, the state's biggest city, before making his way to Lake Charles in neighbouring Louisiana. Both have seen mass evacuations because of the historic flooding.

Mr Trump's first stop was a shelter, where he visited a section reserved for child survivors and listened to their stories.

One little boy walked right up to the president and hugged him. Trump, without batting an eyelid, returned his embrace 

The president was particularly taken with the children taking shelter at the evacuation center, paying special attention to them as he made his way around

President Trump greets a little boy at the NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday during his visit to the city 
He was tender in his treatment of the little girl whose beady hair bands appeared to get in his eye 

The president poses for a selfie with a family of evacuees at the NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday 

Trump signed the wall with a sharpie while the first lady played with children nearby 

The president, joined by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, first lady Melania Trump and other officials, stopped at a church in the Houston area and acknowledged the recovery and rebuilding will likely be a “long-term” effort.
“We have a long way to go, but the water is disappearing,” Trump told the crowd.

He spoke of seeing "a lot of love" and "a lot of happiness" after high-fiving one boy and picking up a girl to give her a kiss.

The Trumps later handed out hot dogs in white boxes bearing the Red Cross logo, pausing frequently to greet and take selfies with enthusiastic aid recipients.

They then moved on to a church in Pearland, where Mr Trump praised officials' "terrific" rescue effort.

He told volunteers handing out food and hygiene products: "I don't know if it gets better, but we're going to try to make it better."

The president handed out lunches of hot dogs, chips and apple sauce to people at the shelter. He was also seen giving hugs and playing with kids.

Melania Trump gives out food to evacuees at the NRG stadium in Houston on Saturday 

The pair handed out food to a line of evacuees and took pictures with some fans who had lined up 

Evacuees at Houston's NRG Stadium take photographs with the president and first lady on Saturday 

The president and first lady deliver supplies from the American Red Cross and Feed The Children to Harvey victims 

Melania was keen to get involved with the heavy lifting and helped her husband as they dished out supplies 

After giving his speech at the church, the president and first lady loaded supplies of food and water on to the back of waiting trucks 

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stop to talk with residents impacted by Hurricane Harvey in a Houston neighborhood, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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