President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have departed Austin after a tour of one area damaged by Hurricane Harvey and a stop at Department of Public Safety headquarters.
The president flew from Washington to Corpus Christi, where he received a briefing on hurricane recovery efforts, and spoke to a crowd that had gathered outside the fire station. The president and first lady then flew to Austin, where they participated in a tour of the Texas Department of Public Safety Emergency Operations Center and receive a briefing on Hurricane Harvey with state leadership.
The first lady's office issued the following statement shortly after Air Force One departed Austin-Bergstrom International Airport:
“The effects of Hurricane Harvey will be felt in Texas, Louisiana, and other parts of the country for many months and years to come. So far, 1.7 million people are under orders to evacuate their homes, and, as the floodwater in Houston rises, sadly, so will the number of evacuees.
“I want to be able to offer my help and support in the most productive way possible, not through just words, but also action. What I found to be the most profound during the visit was not only the strength and resilience of the people of Texas, but the compassion and sense of community that has taken over the State. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Texas and Louisiana.”
Gov. Abbott tweeted shortly after the president's departure that the state "will not rest" until those impacted by Harvey will get what they need.
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