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Trump calls relief effort "a wonderful thing"

Saturday, September 02, 2017 - 01:56

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hand out meals at a relief center for flood victims in Houston Texas. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Donald Trump praised relief efforts for victims of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas on Saturday. Trump called the relief effort "a wonderful thing" as he and First Lady Melania handed out meals to survivors of the flooding at a relief center. As Trump was putting on latex gloves before handing out meals he joked out loud that his hands were "too big" for the gloves. During the presidential campaign Trump was lampooned by some of his critics for having small hands. "As tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing," Trump told reporters. "It's been very well received, even by you guys." Earlier Trump and the First Lady met with survivors of the flooding. Rescuers are continuing their painstaking search through flooded neighborhoods across southeastern Texas for people stranded by Hurricane Harvey's deluge. The storm, one of the costliest to hit the United States, has displaced more than 1 million people, with 50 feared dead from flooding that paralyzed Houston, swelled river levels to record highs and knocked out the drinking water supply in Beaumont, Texas, a city of 120,000 people. Texas is the epicenter of the storm, with over 88,000 houses and businesses left without power. Trump on Friday asked Congress for an initial $7.85 billion to fund the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a disaster loan program.

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Trump calls relief effort "a wonderful thing"

Saturday, September 02, 2017 - 01:56