Donald Trump Faces Natural Disaster Test in Hurricane Harvey

President Donald Trump faces a test in the form of Hurricane Harvey as his administration sought to assure residents of Texas and Louisiana Friday that the federal government is prepared for what new FEMA Director Brock Long called a “very dangerous situation.”

Long, who was confirmed as FEMA director two months ago after six years as an executive at an emergency management consulting firm, told MSNBC Friday he was expecting a “very significant disaster” along the coasts of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana.

Hurricane Harvey, which strengthened into a major Category 4 storm Friday evening, made landfall between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor at around 11 p.m. ET, the National Hurricane Center said.

Trump on Twitter Friday night announced that he signed a disaster declaration for Texas “which unleashes the full force of government help!”

Long said he’d been given “full authority” from the White House “to coordinate the federal — the federal assets down to the state and local level as soon as we’re called upon.”

 Trump, who spent the earlier part of his Friday morning tweeting his frustrations with Senate Republicans, praising his chief of staff and boasting about his administration’s success, announced shortly before noon that he had spoken with the governors of Texas and Louisiana.“Closely monitoring #HurricaneHarvey developments & here to assist as needed,” he said on Twitter.

Hours later, Trump used Twitter to urge “everyone in the path of #HurricaneHarvey to heed the advice & orders of their local and state officials,” and then posted again after he arrived at Camp David.


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