Hurricane Harvey: Trump assures quick action to provide relief funding

According to a readout of the meeting, Mr. Trump "continued to stress his expectation that all departments and agencies stay fully committed to supporting the Governors of Texas and Louisiana and his number one priority of saving lives".

Trump commented on the historic nature of the storm. The official death toll from the storm stands at five, despite the catastrophic flooding, though that figure is expected to rise.

Duke said federal officials are focused on supporting state and local officials with assistance they need to maintain continuous search and rescue operations. "I've spoken to numerous people we're talking about, and everybody feels the same way I do".

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican and Trump ally, however, loaded heavy praise on the president and the federal government, describing it as an "A-plus" effort. He said he had spoken with the President "probably a dozen times" in the 12 hours before he appeared on the Sunday morning program.

"Continuing rains and flash floods are being dealt with. Good news is that we have great talent on the ground". As the city was under a state of emergency, President Trump kept tweeting about the natural disaster yet failed to acknowledge those affected.

Brown, who served as FEMA director from 2003 to 2005 under President George W. Bush and oversaw Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, said he expects Harvey to be "unequivocally" worse than Katrina, from a business standpoint.

"FEMA is going to be there for years", Long told CNN's Jake Tapper Sunday on "State of the Union".



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