This week Trump faced the first crisis of his presidency that was not of his own making. Hurricane Harvey is carving a devastating path through the south, and this week dumped more rain on Texas than any other storm in US history. On a scale of one to Katrina, it’s looking pretty bad. Hospitals are flooding, the death toll is climbing, tens of thousands are homeless and energy companies are being forced to close, threatening the national supply. In times of crisis, presidential empathy and stability are essential to the welfare of the country, not exactly strengths which Trump is known for. The other necessity is federal aid and financial support, and considering the divisive border wall-laden budget Trump is hoping to pass in Congress, this isn’t exactly reassuring timing for Harvey’s victims. However the silver lining here might be that this storm forces the GOP to reassess its priorities and rank humane disaster relief above unpopular immigration policies. Here’s hoping.
So how did the president choose to show off his presidential-ness? By tweeting up a storm (pun intended) and visiting Texas in a show of strong, compassionate leadership. Except that because he turned up while the storm was still raging and the authorities were off rescuing people, he was unable to meet those who were most affected since floodwaters made certain areas completely inaccessible. What this means is that there are no pictures of Trump hugging victims and showing a softer side of his usually abrasive personality, something which his dismal approval ratings could really use. Supporters say his presence boosted local morale. Critics say his security requirements diverted vital resources away from rescue victims. The media mostly commented on how his crisis speech sounded remarkably similar to his rally speech, right down to the comments about crowd size. Unfortunately for Texas, it’s on a long road to recovery, and despite Trump’s promises of yuuuge relief efforts, there’s no end in sight just yet.
So what else is going on in Trumpworld? Well, season one of “Survivor: White House” has been nonstop fun, with Steve Bannon aka The Grim Reaper most recently having been voted off the island. Plus Trump has been busy playing up the Commander in Chief part of his job, rolling out a much anticipated yet supremely vague plan for the future of the war in Afghanistan. ICYMI the secret service can’t afford to pay its agents because the Trump fam is too fond of their holidays and golfing trips, and they’ve already gone through the entire year’s protection budget. Finally, the president has been busy pardoning law breaking hard line immigration enthusiasts, making good on his promise to kick transgender troops out of the military and arming police forces with tanks and rocket launchers. Busy boy.
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