Transcript for President Trump, first lady prepare to visit Texas
Federal disaster assistance is flowing to the region. 20 helicopters and 21 rescue boats from the coast guard, customs and border patrol adding another 50 boat, two plain, 6 helicopters. President trump will head to the storm zone with the first lady and our senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega is on the scene in rockport. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: Hey, George, good morning to you. The president and first lady wqll land here in the corpus Christi area in a matter of hours and will see for themselves the devastation like this, this right here behind me was a drawn grow mat. The wall is completely blown out. The optics are very important. This is this president's first major natural disaster. They don't want to look like he's headed here in hampering the recovery efforts that are still going on. So that's why he's coming to this area, not going to those floodwaters in Houston that we've all been watching. He what happenses to see for himself, though, what's happening here on the ground. At the white house yesterday, it was a real tone, a message of unity for this president. Here in Texas today he will be on the ground, George, only for a few hours but does say he is coming back to Texas this weekend and that he will also head to Louisiana, George. His focus yesterday as you said at the top of that press conference was on the hurricane and it's aftermath but covered a lot of other ground on Russia, on the North American free trade agreement. On the border wall and controversial pardon of sheriff Joe arpaio in Arizona. Reporter: That pardon that came, you'll remember, late on Friday night as that hurricane was barreling toward Texas, the president said that he did it at that time, basically to draw attention because he knew the ratings on Friday night would be high, George. He says he knew people would be watching TV because of the storm coverage. Okay, Cecilia Vega, thanks very much.
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