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Living For Love
August 30th, 2017, 11:28 AM
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/29/trumps-tweets-during-hurricane-harvey-earn-praise-/



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Presidential historian Tevi Troy literally wrote the book about White House response to national crisis. He is the author of “Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office,” published last year. Mr. Troy has a very promising response to what he saw this week following a catastrophic weather event in the Lone Star State.

"President Trump visited Texas Tuesday to assess the damage from Hurricane Harvey and show concern for its victims. So far, his administration is largely getting praise for effective handling of the crisis," Mr. Troy writes in The Wall Street Journal.

"Washington’s disaster authorities appear to be in sync with the state on roles and responsibilities; the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its leader, Brock Long, deployed resources as Harvey approached; and the government response as a whole appears well coordinated," the historian noted, offering accolades for such White House denizens John Kelly, the president’s chief of staff — plus his deputy Kirstjen Nielsen, along with Tom Bossert, a homeland security advisor. [...]

"Thus far, the most controversial part of the president’s hurricane response has been communications. On the positive side of the ledger, Mr. Trump has used his vast Twitter following both to provide useful information and to convey that the White House is actively monitoring events. On Tuesday he retweeted an urgent alert from Brazoria County saying that a levee at Columbia Lakes had been breached and residents needed to get out immediately," Mr. Troy continued.

"Mr. Trump’s tweets about the storm have been informative and responsible, with a tone appropriate to the human tragedy. To the extent he has been criticized, it has been mostly for tweeting on unrelated topics, such as his pardoning of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the ‘great’ new book by Sheriff David Clarke," the author observed.

"Although it isn’t realistic to expect the White House to eschew all other subjects during a crisis, perhaps the president could avoid tweeting about unessential matters until the storm passes," Mr. Troy advised. "The Trump administration would serve Americans well by following its successful approach to this first crisis with a continuing focus on disaster management. Today it’s Harvey. Tomorrow, who knows?" he added.

First lady Melania Trump was also part of the official Harvey response. She accompanied Mr. Trump to Texas and issued her own statement.
"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," Mrs. Trump said.

mattsmith48
August 30th, 2017, 12:02 PM
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/29/trumps-tweets-during-hurricane-harvey-earn-praise-/

Starting his speech in Houston yesterday by bragging about the size of the crowd and TV ratings is not really what I would call appropriate response to a natural disaster, but you got to give it to him a lot of people were expecting him to try even harder to make it about himself and didn't condemn the violence on both sides.

Living For Love
August 30th, 2017, 12:28 PM
Starting his speech in Houston yesterday by bragging about the size of the crowd and TV ratings is not really what I would call appropriate response to a natural disaster, but you got to give it to him a lot of people were expecting him to try even harder to make it about himself and didn't condemn the violence on both sides.
Yep, you probably saw the CNN or any other liberal source purposely abridged version of the speech as to make it seem that he actually started by saying "what a crowd, what a turn out" and didn't even bother to search for the whole actual speech. I'll do it for you, since I want you to be rescued from the grasp of the leftish media.

CNN version, starting at "Thank you everybody, what a crowd, what a turnout..."

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True version, starting at "Thank you everybody, I just want to say, we love you, you are special, we're here to take care..."

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mattsmith48
August 30th, 2017, 12:44 PM
Yep, you probably saw the CNN or any other liberal source purposely abridged version of the speech as to make it seem that he actually started by saying "what a crowd, what a turn out" and didn't even bother to search for the whole actual speech. I'll do it for you, since I want you to be rescued from the grasp of the leftish media.

CNN version, starting at "Thank you everybody, what a crowd, what a turnout..."

NrBwmi8ly1M

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True version, starting at "Thank you everybody, I just want to say, we love you, you are special, we're here to take care..."

GhuLtMGHa6I

I don't know why CNN would start playing the speech later, surprising they would do it on purpose since they were the ones during the campaign showing Trumps empty podiums for hours and his speeches live and uninterrupted. No matter which version you watch it still sounds like he is bragging about the size of the crowd and probably not an appropriate thing to say. Also funny that before he takes out the flag out can't really ear if the crowd is actually cheering or booing.

Dalcourt
August 30th, 2017, 01:13 PM
I'm situations like these it is secondary what was said. What counts for the people is that you are there as their president and give them the feeling that they are not alone.

If you were involved in a catastrophe like that you won't really listen to any words said really, you are just happy that some support is shown. As an outsider this is hard to understand and therefore it is sad that people want to use it for or against Trump.

It doesn't matter if it was a good or a bad speech for the people it mattered that he showed up. That is all that counts when you are devastated.

Trump basically won the votes in Louisiana due to being the only guy to show up during the flood catastrophy in Baton Rouge last year.

Bush was always criticised for his bad handling of things during Katrina...a lot of things may have gone wrong there, but his feelings when he showed up in the disaster region were so genuine...that's why I always liked him despite whatever you may think of him as a president.

Trump sadly lacks such genuine feelings but he still did an important thing.

So discussing whether this speech was honest or just securing future votes...who cares...he did the right thing something he sadlydoes not often enough.

Porpoise101
August 30th, 2017, 04:00 PM
Yeah, I am mostly critical of Trump. But I think he is doing what is necessary and what the office requires of him in response to Harvey. Too bad he won't back any long term policy that will improve the situation for those on the Gulf though.

mattsmith48
August 31st, 2017, 03:00 PM
Yeah, I am mostly critical of Trump. But I think he is doing what is necessary and what the office requires of him in response to Harvey. Too bad he won't back any long term policy that will improve the situation for those on the Gulf though.

To bad it didn't hit one of is golf course than you will be sure he would do something about it.