Pence calls scope of Harvey 'truly breathtaking'

Vice President Mike Pence told ABC News that dealing with the storm's aftermath is the administration's "top priority" as he met with victims in Texas and helped clear brush from a damaged home.
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Transcript for Pence calls scope of Harvey 'truly breathtaking'
Now to the latest on the white house response to the catastrophe, president trump personally planing a million dollars of his own money for disaster relief. And he will be returning to the storm zone this weekend. Vice president pence was there on Thursday meeting with flood victims and surveying the damage. Our chief white house correspondent Jon Karl was right there. Reporter: We joined the vice president on a v-22 osprey as he flew above the area hurricane Harvey first came ashore. From above you get a sense of how much damage is out there, damage as far as the eye can see. On the ground in a neighborhood mangled by Harvey's winds, we saw pence roll up his sleeves and get to work. Meeting face-to-face with victims, even helping clear the brush from a damaged home. Is it as wore as you thought it would be. I think the scope is truly breathtaking. Reporter: Contrast to the president's trip earlier this week, pence made a point to see the devastation himself. We are with you. Reporter: Does it do something for them to be able to see firsthand? Absolutely. You can describe it to people but unless you're here, you don't really know. Reporter: Pence promises that Texas will get everything it needs from the federal government. But what about that threat the president made before the storm that he'd force a government shutdown if congress doesn't fund his border wall. Any shutdown now would almost certainly hurt recovery efforts. Now, this is obviously not the time to have a government shutdown, is it? I mean, is the president going to withdraw that threat? Well, look, the administration has its priorities going forward. But I will tell you president trump has made it clear our top priority right now is dealing with hurricane Harvey and it's aftermath. Reporter: President trump will get another update on recovery efforts later today. In an oval office meeting with relief organizations and he and the first lady will be back here in Texas tomorrow, the vice president told me that they will be out with families in the Houston area. Robin. All right, Jon, thank you.

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