Hurricane Harvey is the first natural disaster test for Trump

The president unveiled controversial decisions as the hurricane neared Texas.
2:51 | 08/27/17

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Transcript for Hurricane Harvey is the first natural disaster test for Trump
Real concern. Z cause for concern. Let's bring in George Stephanopoulos for more. This is the first major natural disaster on president trump's watch. How serious a political test is it for him? I'm not sure. He's following the textbook for what presidents are supposed to do in such weighs like thp the he's getting briefings from FEMA. Authorized the FEMA director to do whatever it takes. The white house suggests the president is going to visit there this week. Is that really the best idea? Or will it divert attention away from the rescue and recovery efforts? Down the line, there may be questions for major federal funding for Texas and maybe Louisiana after this. That could become a political problem down the road. As Harvey was making landfall, we know the white house unveiled the series of controversial decisions, including the decision for sheriff Joe arpaio. Is that a political problem for a president? It will be a significant issue. The president's first pardon. He chose to pardon man who defied a federal judge's order to stop illegally profiling Latinos in the country. Not only Paul Ryan, by the two Republican senators from Arizona have stood up against the president as well. One of the big concerns here. You have seen this raised by some Democrats, not Republicans yet. Perhaps what the president was doing here was sending a message to those who might get caught up in the -- Robert Mueller investigation. Don't worry. I have your back. That's a big question a lot of people are raising. Right now. But, sheriff arpaio, an incredibly controversial figure across the country. Faced widespread criticism for the way he was dealing with prisoners in the state of Arizona, yet the president called him a patriot that kept Arizona safe. That issue is not going away. There was an article in "The Washington post" overnight, saying that while arpaio was facing charge, the president went to the government to see if the charges could be dropped. This is unprecedented. Usually, presidents wait until late in their term to do pardons. This is only -- And after sentencing. After a sign of remorse. After going through department of justice procedures. None of that happened here. The question a lot of people have is, does he understand the line between the president and the jus the tis department? And the tradition against getting involved or politicizing individual cases? In this case, he did it. George Stephanopoulos, thank you. A big show this morning. He'll cover the arpaio decision as well as the breaking news out of Texas. He'll go one on one with Texas govern Greg Abbott and white house security adviser Tom Bossert.

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